Frequently Asked Questions about Deafness in Rwanda
A. there are approximately 25,000 deaf people
A. There are many causes of deafness. Various diseases (high fever, mumps, Meningitis…) and accidents can cause deafness. Very few are deaf since date of birth.
A. No. Each country has its own sign language, just like spoken languages. In Rwanda, deaf people use Rwanda Sign Language (RSL).
A. Deaf people cannot hear at all. If they hear some, they cannot understand speech. Hard of hearing people, with or without hearing aids, can hear and understand some speech.
A. They don’t need help; they need understanding. As a first step toward understanding deaf people you should learn to communicate with them.