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Deaf in Spain


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
94,000 Spanish Sign Language Christianity 77.13 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Spain

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Introduction / History
The Deaf community (capital D) is the group of Deaf people who identify and communicate with each other using their own sign language. Spanish Sign Language is a language totally different from simply signing or spelling Spanish. Nearly all Deaf Spaniards can read some written Spanish and communicate to a limited degree by lip reading. Their ability to read Spanish, however, is very limited.

Only ten percent of Deaf people have Deaf parents; few Deaf children can communicate adequately with their hearing parents. Instead, Deaf people congregate with each other at "associations" in urban centers. These "associations" are open most nights and provide full programs of social, cultural, sporting and support services so that most socialization takes place with other Deaf in these settings.

Spanish Deaf are nominally Catholic but most have no interest in pursuing an understanding of spiritual things. There are no churches just for Deaf. Two groups of Deaf meet regularly as part of a hearing church and there are Catholic services with signing in most of the larger population centers.

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Country: Spain
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
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: 94,000
Population all Countries: 47,601,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Spanish Sign Language
Language Code (ISO): ssp    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Catalan Sign Language (Unknown)Valencian Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.10 % 
Christianity77.13 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.70 % 
Hinduism0.10 % 
Islam2.40 % 
Non-Religious19.47 % 
Other / Small0.10 % 
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 a larger relative 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: 2007-2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Deaf in Spain

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Europe, Western    
      Deaf Spain    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Spain          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Spanish Sign Language  
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