Jamaican Country Sign LanguagePrint
40 (L. Parks). 4 monolinguals (2016 B. Gayle).
Primarily in Saint Elizabeth Parish, adult speakers.
Currently, only about 40 deaf adults in the Jamaican parish of St. Elizabeth are native Country Sign users. Younger deaf people are not learning it because the local educational institution is using Jamaican Sign Language [jls] instead. Most of the Jamaican deaf community does not understand Country Sign Language. Some adults and elderly. Also use Jamaican Sign Language [jls].
Maranatha School for the Deaf in Ridge (St. Elizabeth parish) uses Jamaican Sign Language [jls] in the classroom. Deaf people in the St. Elizabeth Parish often move to the larger cities for easier access to employment. Country Sign is not being used in the schools and its number of users is gradually declining.