Variations exist geographically and among generations and religious groups, while the variety used in Lima is the most prestigious one. 70 Peruvian schools offer help for deaf students. There are 11 schools for the deaf in Peru, though two of them are oral and use only Spanish. Although the government tries to integrate deaf students into mainstream educational programs, deaf social gatherings keep the Peruvian Sign Language strong.
^a Sign-language names reflect the region of origin. Natural sign languages are not related to the spoken language used in the same region. For example, French Sign Language originated in France, but is not related to French. Conversely, ASL and BSL both originated in English-speaking countries but are not related to each other; ASL however is related to French Sign Language.
^b Denotes the number (if known) of languages within the family. No further information is given on these languages.