|Name of the country/area||Tunisia|
|Formal name of the country/area||Tunisian Republic|
|Country/area information||The World Factbook (CIA)|
Indigenous signs for "Tunisia"
Illustrations in the literature
"Tunisia" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 87.)
Population of Deaf/deaf people
The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 21,240. Tunisian Association for Assistance to the Deaf's official or approximate number of Deaf people: 21,240. (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 country’s government does not formally recognise the country’s sign language(s).
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
Tunisian Association for Assistance to the Deaf ; established in 1970. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)
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:
- 1. The Guidance Law number 83 of the year 2005, which concentrates on raising quality of life for disabled people and protecting them.
- 2. The Guidance Law for Education Schooling number 80 of the year 2002, dated 23 July 2002. It has been updated and completed as number 9 in the year 2008, dated 11 February 2008. This law promotes equal opportunities in vocational training.
- 3. Law number 10 dated 11 February, 2008. This law promotes equal opportunities in vocational training.
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)
- University (After 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:
- 70 Deaf Schools
- Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)
6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:
- All Universities and higher education institutions, both government and private access to studies for Deaf people.
- 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:
- 60 Interpreters
2. Sign language interpreting qualifications:
- There is.
3.The provider of the training for people who want to become qualified sign language interpreters:
- National Association of the Deaf
4.Total years of training to become a sign languate interpreters:
- Four years
- Two years
5.The number of sign language interpreters who have formal interpreting qualifications in the country:
- 60 Interpreters
6.The way Deaf people access sign language interpreters:
- Deaf people access sign language interpreters through the associations of/for the Deaf.
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:
- Court Services
- Educational Services
- Others: For lessons in traffic law and to take the driving test
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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