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Sign languages in the Western Hemisphere

Provides an overview and profile of Deaf communities and sign languages in the western hemisphere in 24 locations in Americas and Caribbean.
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Provides an overview and profile of Deaf communities and sign languages in the western hemisphere in 24 locations. The authors gathered information through a literature review. In addition, they completed phone and email interviews with people familiar with the local deaf communities.

The report includes the following countries, territories, and provinces: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Quebec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Suriname, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.

Authors Elizabeth Parks and Holly Williams published this article in June 2011 as one of the SIL Electronic Reports by SIL International. We could not assess this PDF file to learn if it is accessible for people using screen reading software.

Also explore the Mill Neck International Deaf Center for more resources about sign languages in the western hemisphere and elsewhere around the world. Or, explore other SIL International publications about sign languages.

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