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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Oman
Formal name of the country/area Sultanate of Oman
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Indigenous signs for "Oman"

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Population of Deaf/deaf people

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 Guideline.

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

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Al-Wafa Volunteer Social Centre in Abry (Oman); established in 1993. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the Deaf

Institutes stress vocational training for students

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:

Early intervention (Up to 5 years old)
Kindergarten (Between 3/4 years old to 5/6 years old)
Primary (From 5/6 years old to 11/12 years old)
Intermediate (From 11/12 years old to 13/14 years old)
Secondary (From 15/16 years old to 17/18 years old)
Vocational Education/Training

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:

One Deaf School
Oral Method
Cued Speech
Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)
Auditory Verbal

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

None, Sultanate Oman only started this year (2007/2008) to allow Deaf students to continue their education in high school. 
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:

Six Accredited Sign Language Interpreters

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications:

There is.

3.The provider of the training for people who want to become qualified sign language interpreters:

Other: The Ministry of Development organises training programmes in collaboration with Omani sign language interpreters, to train hearing people to become qualified interpreters.

4.Total years of training to become a sign languate interpreters:

The training programme consists of 5 stages. There is short period between each stage.

5.The number of sign language interpreters who have formal interpreting qualifications in the country:

Only six sign language interpreters have formal interpreting qualifications

6.The way Deaf people access sign language interpreters:

Through the centre, courts or mobile phones

7.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

National Association of the Deaf

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

Social Services
Health/Medical Services
Court Services
Educational Services

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

Sign language interpreters do not receive payment for interpreting services

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

11.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


12.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


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


Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

The country has a sign language dictionary (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below)).


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.


History of sign language research



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