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Name of the country/area Morocco
Formal name of the country/area Kingdom of Morocco
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Indigenous signs for "Morocco"

Illustrations in the literature

"Morocco" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 88.)

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Moroccan Sign Language

Algerian Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 63,400. Moroccan Forum of the Deaf(Association Forum Marocain des Sourds)'s official or approximate number of Deaf people: 155,000.; Sign language users : 63,400. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Legal status of sign languages

  • Status of the National Sign Language(s) from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1. The government recognises the country's sign language(s) in : the Legislation.

2. The year when the country’s government formally recognises the country’s sign language(s): 1994.

3. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s).

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

  • Association Forum Marocain des Sourds

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

  • Access to Education from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The government recognizes that Deaf children and Deaf students have the right to receive an education.

2.Legislation or policies on Deaf Education:


3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:

Primary (From 5/6 years old to 11/12 years old)

4.The government provides bilingual education using the country’s sign language(s) for Deaf children and Deaf students in those educational settings:


5.Total number of schools specifically for Deaf children and Deaf students in the country, and the educational approach for communicating with Deaf children and students at the Deaf School:

56 Deaf Schools
Oral Method
Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)

6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:

None, The Deaf finish school at the primary level.
No sign language interpreting service.

Sign language interpretation

  • Status of Sign Language Interpreting Services from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The number of sign language interpreters in the country:

Five Interpreters

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

National Association of the Deaf
Private Sector

4.The area of life sign language interpreting services are available:

Court Services
Counselling Services

5.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
Deaf people pay

6.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:

USD140 per day (98.40€ on 15th September 2008)

7.Sign language interpreters provide voluntary service for all sign language interpreting assignments.

8.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


9.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


10.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :

None (Legislation is being debated.)

Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

Wismann, Lynn and Margaret Walsh. 1987. Signs of Morocco. Rabat, Morocco: Peace Corps Morocco.


Soudi, Abdelhadi and Corinne Vinopol. 2016. A Digital Moroccan Sign Language STEM Thesaurus. LREC 2016, Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, Portorož, Slovenia, 28 May 2016. Workshop Proceedings p189-190.

World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Arab Region (WFD RSAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.


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