The Deaf People of Haiti

Statement of Responsibility:
Parks, Elizabeth
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Series Issue:
2011-032
Date:
2011
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
Dallas, Texas
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-032
Extent:
13 pages
Abstract:
Negative societal perspectives toward deafness and widespread poverty create a challenging situation for Haitian deaf people. While there is some government protection through legislation, the scarcity of resources and lack of infrastructure has led to the apparent absence of a strongly developed deaf community. Available sources point to the use of American Sign Language (ASL) by the small number of deaf Haitians who are fortunate enough to pursue formal education, with the largest deaf schools based in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, and Ferrier. However, it appears that the majority of deaf Haitians have very limited language access. Several non-profit organizations are working to improve the social situation of deaf people in Haiti, with programs ranging from the distribution of hearing aids to increased educational access.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Haiti
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Subject:
Language surveys
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Entry Number:
41642