Republic of Liberia

  • Total Population

    5,073,000 (Ethnologue, 2020)

  • Deaf Population


  • Nation's Official Language


  • Other Languages

    The number of established languages listed in Ethnologue is 31. Some of these are:

    • Akan
    • Bandi
    • Bassa
    • Dan
    • Gola
    • Grebo, Southern
    • Kpelle
    • Kuwaa
    • Manya
    • Sapo
    • Vai
  • Name of Sign Language

    American Sign Language

  • Overview Of Deaf Community And Education

    Liberia has at least three deaf schools: the Monrovia School of the Deaf, the Free Pentecostal Global Mission School of the Deaf, and the Hope School of the Deaf of the United Methodist Church. The first deaf school of the country was established by the Christian Mission for the Deaf in the 1960s.

  • Sign Language Overview

    In Liberia, American Sign Language is used according to van Arsdale (2014). There appears to be no research on any local signs or the variation in ASL as used in Liberia..

  • Deaf Organizations In Country


    • Liberian National Association of the Deaf (LNAD)
    • The Organization for the Social Intergration of Liberian Deaf (OSILD)
  • Overview of Interpreting Services

    There are no certified sign language interpreters in Liberia.  

  • Resources

    Gallaudet University. Andrew Foster.  

    WFD (2008) Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Western and Central Africa Region (WFD WCAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.  

    Van Arsdale, Brooke (2014, October). Deaf Culture in Liberia. Prezi presentation:  

  • List of Contributors

    Victoria Nyst

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