What is it about?

Our work is based on an ongoing study towards the documentation of Nigerian Sign Language and the deaf demography. Nigerian Deaf Community (NDC) is broadly divided into two types - Schools for the Deaf (comprising specialized, inclusive, and mainstream), and Associations of Deaf Adults found in different States across the country. Most deaf individuals we have studied (up to 80%) learnt signed language in a deaf school, where they were taught by more hearing people, using a signed language that is best described as Signed English. It is our view that this whole scenario impacts negatively on the linguistic competence and cognitive development of a Nigerian deaf child.

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Why is it important?

This is a preliminary finding and insight into Nigerian Deaf Community (NDC). We are still working!


This is the first product of a work that has consumed my passion and will so do for a long time to come. Your input is highly appreciated as you read.

Dr. Emmanuel Ihechi Asonye
University of New Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Deaf in Nigeria: A Preliminary Survey of Isolated Deaf Communities, SAGE Open, April 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/2158244018786538.
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