Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Namibia (Namibia)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Namibia

Flag: World flag database.
Map: - "search" for country, then "Digital Map Graphics").

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: Flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. This is sometimes obvious by what country the link is for or the fact that the title is in English. If I feel it may be ambiguous, I have tried to clarify by using a flag. This is done so that people can read sites in the language of their choice.

CLaSH - The Association for Children with Language, Speech, and Hearing Impairments in Namibia.German flagAmerican flag


Government action on disability policy: A global survey, Part II - Government replies as country profiles: Namibia.

-->International bibliography of sign language. --> Click on "N", then on "Namibian Sign Language" or "Namibian Sign Language dictionary".

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

Namibian Sign Language: A language of Namibia.

Nanyeni, P. The EENET interview. Twenty-two years ago a determined young man was born into a family of seven in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Here, Paulie Nanyeni describes becoming deaf in late childhood, how he succeeded in higher education, and why he supports the development of inclusive education in his country.

Schultz, S. (25 November 1999). Helping the deaf to participate.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD). Contact info only. Click on "N-R" and scroll down to the country name.