South America: Deaf Community

Deaf communities include organizations, artistic expression, and sign language. They mobilize for rights and better lives for deaf people in their society. Deaf people are found everywhere in South America, from large cities to rural areas, from the Amazon jungle to the Andes mountains. Wherever there is a critical mass of deaf people, Deaf communities are found. Sign languages identify and mark Deaf communities.

Throughout history, the establishment of schools for the Deaf has served to bring together deaf children. The first generation of children in these schools grow up to become the local Deaf community, and serve to incorporate future generations into the community. Schools for the Deaf are often the birthplaces for sign language, as was the case in Venezuela.

South America includes 12 ...

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