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Deaf in Singapore

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Singapore Sign Language Buddhism 16.04 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Singapore

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Introduction / History
The Deaf in Singapore are found in every language group. Since Singapore is a first world country the percentage of Deaf is probably comparable to the percentage in Western countries, i.e. 1 to 2 in every 1000 births. There are three major races found in Singapore: the Chinese are often Buddhist, some are Christian, Indian are Hindu with some Christian, and Malay are mostly Muslim. There are four official languages, Mandarin (Chinese), Tamil (Indian), Malay and English. While a hearing person in Singapore is likely to know several languages, the Deaf are at a severe disadvantage to learn to lip-read and speak because of all these languages.

The standard of living is higher than that of any of the nearby nations. Singapore is a fairly flat, small island with a few hills in the centre. It is a crowded city with many well-built roads and high rise apartments, located just across a causeway from the southern tip of Malaysia.

In Singapore, the children are taught Signed Singaporean English which is not the way they sign when among themselves. Research is needed to see if the community would want and would use Holy Scripture if it were translated into their vernacular Singapore Sign Language.

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Country: Singapore
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
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: 12,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Singapore Sign Language (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sls    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism40.30 % 
Christianity16.04 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions7.00 % 
Hinduism4.10 % 
Islam13.90 % 
Non-Religious18.06 % 
Other / Small0.60 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Singapore

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Southeast    
      Deaf Singapore    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Singapore          
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      Buddhism     Singapore Sign Language  
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