• Total Population

    15.9 million (2019 statistics) 

  • Deaf Population


  • Number of Sign Language Users


  • Nation's Official Language

    French, Standard Arabic

  • Other Languages

    The number of established languages listed in Ethnologue is 129. Some of these are: 

    • Amdang
    • Assangori
    • Birgit
    • Dagba
    • Daju, Dar Daju
    • Dangaleat
    • Dazaga
    • Fulfulde
    • Hausa
    • Herde
    • Kaba Naa
    • Kabalai
    • Kajakse
    • Kanembu
    • Kanuri, Yerwa
    • Kenga
    • Kera
    • Kuo
    • Lele
    • Maba
    • Maslam
    • Masmaje
    • Massalat
    • Mesme
    • Migaama
    • Mundang
    • Musey
    • Musgu
    • Ngambay
    • Sinyar
    • Tama
    • Tupuri
    • Zaghawa
  • Name of Sign Language

    Chadian Sign Language

  • Overview Of Deaf Community And Education

    The original Chadian Sign Language does not appear to be used in education, but rather ASL. This is not clear however.

  • Sign Language Overview

    The original sign language is reported to be similar to Nigerian Sign Language, which in turn is reported to be similar to ASL. There appears to be no research on the variant used in Chad. French is an official spoken language but there is no report that LSAF is used (see Introduction).

    The two national organizations do provide some sign language classes for parents and other interested people.

  • Deaf Organizations In Country

    • Chadian National Association of the Hearing Impaired (ANDAT) and 
    • Eglise et Mission Chretienne des Sourds au Tchad (EMCST)

  • Overview of Interpreting Services

    There are a few volunteer interpreters available (trained by two organizations of the deaf), but there is no legislative official recognition of sign language or of training. Some health information is provided in ASL. There is no exposure on television.

  • References   

  • List of Contributors

    Yves Bosseo, Anne Baker

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