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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Yemen
Formal name of the country/area Republic of Yemen
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Indigenous signs for "Yemen"

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Population of Deaf/deaf people

Yemen Society for Rehabilitation of the Deaf's official or approximate number of Deaf people: 3,000. (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 Guideline.

2. The year when the country’s government formally recognises the country’s sign language(s): 1999.

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

Yemeni Society for Rehabilitation of the Deaf; established in 2007. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the Deaf

The intellectual terror for deaf and dumb

  • 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 law for protection and rehabilitation of disabled people
2. International conventions on human rights of the Deaf in 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: One

Through inclusion programmes in public schools, but these are few and only in some regions. Most of the regions do not have such programmes as Deaf inclusion is somewhat new in Yemen. The Yemeni government only implemented inclusion in Deaf education about four years ago; before that time Deaf students were deprived of an education.

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

None, There is policy that provides a good educational path for any Deaf education, from early intervention to University. Education is random. / 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:

There are very few sign language interpreters. They are mostly based in the larger regions. Other regions are deprived of sign language interpreters; even the Deaf are not taught sign language.

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:


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

Sign language interpreters do not receive payment for interpreting services

5.Sign language interpreters do not provide voluntary service for all sign language interpreting assignments.

6.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


7.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


8.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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