Nicaraguan Sign LanguagePrint
3,000 (1997 ANSNIC). 3,000 (1997 ANSNIC).
Widespread, especially Managua.
Increasing use among hearing people. Users know little Spanish [spa].
There was no strong Nicaraguan deaf community until the late 1970s when Nicaraguan Sign Language emerged from the increased focus on deaf education and the establishment of the national deaf association, Asociación Nacional de Sordos de Nicaragua (ANSNIC).