Singapore does not have a national sign language. The language of instruction in schools is Signed Exact English, not a sign language. A Shanghainese couple founded the first school for the deaf in 1954, where Shanghainese Sign Language (southern Chinese Sign Language) was used as the language of instruction. However, the school ceased operation in the 1960s. It is not clear to which extent the sign language in daily use in Singapore is indigenous, Chinese Sign or derived from Chinese Sign, or derived from the ASL signs of Signed Exact English.
^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.