2,231,000 (2020 World Factbook)
2,000 (Ethnologue estimate)
Nation's Official Language(s)
The number of established languages listed in Ethnologue is 43. Some of these are:
Name of Sign Language
Gabonese Sign Language, (Langue des Signes d'Afrique Francophone) (LSAF)
Overview Of Deaf Community And Education
In Gabon there are three schools for the deaf: a public Deaf school that is apparently oral, and two private schools that use sign language in some form. Andrew Foster was involved in the founding on these schools.
Sign Language Overview
There is no information on any original signs used in Gabon. It is reported that LSAF is used as a combination of ASL and LSF (langue des signes française). There is no specific research on the signing used in Gabon.
Deaf Organizations In Country
- Association of Deaf-Mutes of Gabon – 1985,
- National Association of Late-Deafened of Gabon – 1991,
- National Association of the Deaf-Mutes of Gabon- 1997,
- National Association for the Total Redemption of the Deaf in Gabon - 2002
Overview of Interpreting Services
It is reported that there are 14 interpreters in the country but there is no interpreter training. There are a few volunteer interpreters available, but no official training..
Sign Language Resources In The Country
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