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Deaf in Panama


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
21,000 Panamanian Sign Language Christianity 90.54 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Panama

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Introduction / History
Deaf Panamanians often feel oppressed and discriminated against. Disability laws have been made but they have not assisted the Panamanian Deaf community as much as they have benefited other disabled groups. Many Deaf Panamanians are not aware of the opportunities they are missing because of the lack of communication and knowledge of what is happening in the hearing world around them. Deaf people want the opportunity to learn and become independent.

The majority of Deaf students are integrated into hearing classrooms with little or no signing. They believe that clear communication will provide them access to a better life. Because of this, there is a desire for schools to be conducted in Panamanian Sign Language or the provision of educational interpreters. There is also a great need for interpreters in other public services such as courts, hospitals, media, etc. Currently, interpreters are hard to find in Panama and they are unaffordable to Deaf Panamanians.

It is difficult for Deaf Panamanians to find jobs, unless they are literate in Spanish and able to voice. Most often they work in factories where communication is not required. Religion of any sort does not appear to be adhered to by many Deaf Panamanians. Deaf people socialize mostly on weekends in local malls or central parks. Panama City and David have the largest Deaf communities. There is a fair amount of interaction between Deaf people in Costa Rica, the USA and Panama which gives reason to the idea that Panamanian Sign Language is related to Costa Rican Sign Language and American Sign Language. An interesting note is that the Deaf community in Chiriquí province believe they are culturally and linguistically distinct from the rest of Panama.

The greatest needs mentioned in the Deaf community are for more Panamanian Sign Language publications and access to better education for Deaf people. There is also the need to train parents how to help their Deaf children.

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Country: Panama
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Panamanian Sign Language (21,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lsp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.80 % 
Christianity90.54 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions1.47 % 
Hinduism0.03 % 
Islam0.70 % 
Non-Religious4.30 % 
Other / Small2.16 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Panama

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Deaf     America, Latin    
      Deaf Panama    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Panama          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Panamanian Sign Language  
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