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

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

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Deaf culture

International bibliography of sign language - Jamaica.

World Deaf directory - Jamaica.

Deaf education

Deaf Graduates Urged to Face Challenges with Courage and Determination - Jamaica Information Service.

Special Education – A growing field in Jamaica. There are now four schools run by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf: 1. The Lister Mair Gilby School – a senior school which recently gained Comprehensive High status. 2. The Danny Williams School for the Deaf – a primary school and pre-school. 3. St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf – also a primary school. 4. The Woodside School for the Deaf – a branch of the Lister Mair Gilby School, currently seeking establishment as an independent school.

USAID Jamaica. Deaf student soars under “Fast Track”. Zandrea Pitterson was born deaf. As a child she depended on friends and family to interpret written stories into sign language. They, however, did not have the skills and patience to teach her to read in English. As she entered formal school, learning became even more difficult as there is a shortage of qualified teachers who know sign language in Jamaica’s public schools.

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Deaf health

Roper, D. M. (2006, September 28). Hearing Impaired Women Speak Out About Sexual Abuse. Life for deaf women is far from peaceful. In fact, deaf women have been identified as being extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse and violence.

Deaf history and current events


golden marble bullet(2005, April 4). Signs of justice. The hearing impaired population cuts across educational and income-groupings and, like all citizens, must enjoy the same privileges in court proceedings and not be made to feel they are in any way prejudiced by the justice system.

golden marble bullet(2004, December 12). Jamaica's disabled count their blessings. Only four countries in the Americas treat their disabled citizens better than Jamaica. But although those statistics may sound impressive, for the disabled person negotiating life on Jamaica's tough streets it is not yet time to start celebrating.

golden marble bullet(2004, December 12). Disabled making greatest strides in education. Spearheading the drive to improve the education and quality of life of persons with disabilities is a Special Education Unit within the education ministry headed by Salomie Evering.

golden marble bullet(2004, July 31). Legislation could soon allow the deaf to drive.Government is preparing draft regulations that will allow deaf persons to drive motor vehicles, Senator Floyd Morris announced recently.

golden marble bullet(2004, June 8). Making its voice heard. Nestled in the hills of Knockpatrick, just outside Mandeville, Manchester, sits the Caribbean Christian Centre's (CCC) School for the Deaf. This learning institution was established in 1958 and has become a tower of strength for the hearing-impaired, turning out a number of skilled deaf individuals for the past four decades.

golden marble bullet(2004, June 5). Listening To The Deaf. A few Jamaican churches have been devoting themselves to providing signers for those members of the deaf community who attend church. But Jamaican churches, in general, have not caught the vision to factor the hearing-impaired in the life of the church, says, Lola Wright, Director of Education at the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD). "I don't think that Jamaican churches have caught the vision of the input that they can have (on the deaf community) from a missions perspective," she said.

golden marble bullet(2004, March 22). Deaf Education in Jamaica. The Jamaican Association of the Deaf in Kingston invited GDC, along with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Deaf culture facilitators and other representatives to discuss the next step in improving education for Jamaica’s Deaf children. I went as a volunteer Global Ambassador for GDC. I expected that a large part of my work would be devoted to convincing people that Deaf can. I was wrong.

golden marble bullet(2004, January 25). Why shouldn't the deaf drive? Anthony Aitken cannot hear the honking of horns or the purr of an engine. But the accountant at the Jamaica Flour Mills can certainly drive a car - which puts him in a select group of only 20 hearing-impaired Jamaicans who have drivers' licences.

golden marble bullet(2003, October 17). Time to remove Jamaica's outdated law for the deaf. First of all, we would like to introduce ourselves to you. We are Damian and Felicia Campbell. We are deaf and born-Jamaicans. We are writing you a letter concerning the needs of the deaf in Jamaica.

golden marble bullet(2002, October 23). 16 per cent of children have hearing impairment -- study. Between 1998 and 2000, screening tests were done on a random sample of children, chosen by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica via a national survey. The children, divided into two groups, were screened for hearing loss using a screening audiometer. One group of the children was seen at the University Hospital of the West Indies and a second group was visited in the individual members' communities.

Deafness and the law

Brown, J. (7 December 2006). Govt. targets the disabled with far reaching laws. Michael Thorny, Coordinator of Information Technology projects for persons with disabilities at the National Youth Service (NYS), views the move by government to amend the Road Traffic Act to allow deaf persons to drive, as a victory for the disabled community in Jamaica.

Jamaica Gleaner. (21 July 2006). New laws to boost employment for disabled. The Government is now advanced in the development of two pieces of legislation to support disabled persons seeking employment. According to Derrick Kellier, Minister of Labour and Social Security, the National Assistance Act and the National Disability Act should become law shortly.

Jamaican Sign Language

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Jamaica.

International bibliography of sign language - Jamaika Sign Language (sic).

Jamaican Country Sign Language: A language of Jamaica.

Oral and deafened people

Ali, J. E. (8-9 November 1992). Audiology in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.


Jamaica Association for the Deaf.

Religion & Deafness

American ministries to the Deaf and affiliate Jamaica ministries to the Deaf.

Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf.