Sign language around the world


International deaf communities around the world have their own sign languages, cultures and organizations. As would be expected, the economics and social norms of a particular country affect the extent and nature of the services and opportunities available.

Latin America is a prime example of the cultural range among deaf communities outside the US. Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru each have their own sign language and deaf associations, but Peru, smaller and less affluent than its neighbors offers fewer and more limited accommodations and services. In Europe, Germany has a number of deaf Web sites, something not found everywhere on the continent. China, with a substantial deaf community, boasts its own technical college for the deaf.
In many instances, the communication enhancements and alternatives that are publicly available are insufficient or just as likely unknown to the educators, public and private employers, community organizers, professionals and other providers operating abroad who then find themselves in need of an interpreter.