Sign Languages

SIL recognizes that sign languages of the world are included in the many minority languages in need of research and language development.  Throughout the Pacific, Deaf communities are often small and largely unrecognized.  SIL is committed to advocate on behalf of the Deaf and to cooperate with all levels of partners who desire to build capacity in sign language communities for the pursuit of their language development and Scripture translation goals. 

In its sign language work SIL Pacific is happy to partner with and receive guidance and leadership from the independent Deaf-led organisation, Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association (APSDA).  One of our deaf staff is working with the Deaf in Papua New Guinea to create a PNG sign language dictionary.

Click here to learn more about sign language in Papua New Guinea.