Data based on EUD publication “Sign Language Legislation in the European Union - Edition II” (2012). If the information regarding your national sign language is not up to date anymore, please feel free to contact us with an update.



The country has recognised a sign language in its national constitution


Sign Language

A separate law recognising the sign language



A law recognising official languages, including sign language



A law that recognises sign language rights for deaf people as disabled people



An educational law that includes sign language rights



A law that requires some forms of media to ensure some sign language rights


Criminal Procedure    

A law that ensures deaf people will have access to sign language interpretation during a criminal procedure, such as getting arrested or called to court



A law on sign language interpreting



A law that allows deaf people to access information regarding their health in sign language



A law that ensures deaf people will have access to sign language at work




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