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From:  Trevor Jenkins
Date:  Mon Aug 16, 1999  1:23 pm
Subject:  Re: How many signers in the world?

> How many people in the world (both Deaf and hearing) use a signed language?
> Does anyone know the current statistics?

I believe that the figure for the UK is 30,000 users of BSL. How the figure
was derived I don't know. The CACDP, who are responsible for certification
of signers here, may be able to tell you more.
> I am writing a report to a foundation, and I need the statistic for the
> report....
> A long time ago I read that approximately 2% of the world's population uses
> a signed language, but I wonder if that is true?

It's reckoned that 1:7 of the population has some form of hearing
impairment, which gives 10,000,000 people tops. It includes Deaf and HoH
people. Nowhere near that number use sign.

Regards, Trevor


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