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Deaf in Taiwan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
48,000 Taiwan Sign Language Ethnic Religions 5.82 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Taiwan

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Introduction / History
There are approx. 80,000 Deaf and hearing impaired individuals in Taiwan. Efforts to communicate the gospel to them are few. At present just a handful of individuals are engaged in evangelism or church planting among Taiwan's deaf. There are three Deaf churches. A few other churches also have ministries for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Recent years have seen a marked shift in Taiwan's attitudes toward deaf ness and Deaf communication. A well-funded private program intends to provide all eligible Deaf children with cochlear implants within the next twenty years.

Parents of Deaf and hearing impaired children are inclined to mainstream their children. The population of Deaf institutions/schools is increasingly comprised of multiply handicapped children with children who are just Deaf often enrolled in regular schools. At all education levels and in all academic institutions, including those for the deaf , Taiwan Sign Language (TSL) is neglected in favor of oral and written communication in Mandarin. The use of TSL is on the decline. There is an ongoing Japanese Sign Language video Bible translation project. However, since Japanese Sign Language is at most 50% lexically similar to one or more dialects of TSL, the translation will not be of use to Taiwan's Deaf and hearing impaired communities.

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Country: Taiwan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window: Yes
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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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: 48,000
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: Taiwan Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): tss    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chinese Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism28.80 % 
Christianity5.82 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions60.77 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.35 % 
Non-Religious2.31 % 
Other / Small1.95 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Text / Printed MatterDoor International
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Deaf in Taiwan

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Northeast    
      Deaf Taiwan    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Taiwan          
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      Ethnic Religions     Taiwan Sign Language  
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