Search
   15-Jul-18 

Home  »  Fingerspelling  
DeafBlind Communication
Communicating with people with combined sight and hearing loss

Different terms are used when referring to people with combined loss of sight and hearing, but the term deafblind is succinct and useful, although it is important to point out that very few people are totally deaf and totally blind.

Degree of sight or hearing loss is very variable, as is the age of onset of either deafness or blindness, resulting in extremely individual and wide ranging communication needs.

Communication with deafblind people is therefore a very complex process which may involve a variety of communication methods.

Deafened/hard of hearing people with sight loss

People who are deafened or hard of hearing with combined sight loss, may communicate predominantly through spoken language mediums, using

  • speech/amplified speech
  • lipreading/hearing aids
  • the deafblind manual alphabet shown here or block alphabet in which the shapes of written letters are formed onto the palm of the hand.
  • large print or braille.

Some of the above methods may also be used by born deaf people, in addition to BSL.

Sign Language Users with Sight Loss

It is estimated that approximately 5% of the born deaf sign language using Deaf community may develop Usher Syndrome which combines congenital deafness with Retinitis Pigmentosa (a degenerative eye condition).

Among the communication methods used by sign language users with sight loss are;

  • the Manual Alphabet,
  • Visual Frame Signing in which signs are made in a restricted space to suit the receiver's visual needs, and
  • Hands On Signing in which BSL users who can no longer see the signs make contact with the signer's hands, to feel the meaning from the movements.

Deaf-Blind Alphabet


Source: DeafSign.Com
Date Published @ DS: 14/12/2000 



In Association With:     
School 
Zone 
Approved by Schoolzone's team of independent education reviewers

See Author Biography

FEELINGS & EMOTIONS FLASHCARDS

SIGNED SONG BOOK for Children

NEW Early Years Curriculum TUTOR and STUDENT Books

NEW Free i-phone app

Newly available - SIGNING HANDS: BABY SIGNING BASICS

Baby Signing & School CERTIFICATES

See the full Let's Sign Series - NEW items, and FREE BSL downloads from www.DeafBooks.co.uk

NEW - JUNE 2009 2nd Edition Revised & Updated LET'S SIGN DICTIONARY www.DeafBooks.co.uk

BSL STICKERS

NEW ROUND BSL STICKERS - 4 MIXED SHEETS - 280 STICKERS - £5.99

BUY ON-LINE

CONTACT US FOR CATALOGUE

NEW - CHILD'S BOOK OF SIGNED PRAYERS

NEW - BSL SCIENCE SIGNS

NEW - LET'S SIGN & DOWN SYNDROME

BSL eBOOKS

5 LITTLE MEN IN FLYING SAUCER Rhyme Interactive eBOOK - £3.99 and

LET'S SIGN FOOD & DRINK FLASHCARDS/POSTERS eBOOK

AND

LET'S SIGN & SPELL ALPHABET eBOOK

with free Numbers interactive Worksheets

FREE DEMO versions from DeafBooks.co.uk

LET'S SIGN & WRITE BSL V3 - out now with 2400 signs in line and colour - available from www.widgit.com

Also our LET'S SIGN EARLY YEARS: Child and Carer Guide

NEW BABY SIGNS posters - matching FLASHCARDS 48 First BSL BABY Signs 2005 (click & scroll)

Order from c.clemmit@agnortheast.com 01642 674298 OR 01642 580505.

contact cath@deafsign.com for enquiries about our resources.

Make use of these free downloads from DeafBooks - Fingerspelling font for your computer, and Alphabet wallchart to print off.


» Young Deafened Group Stockton
We would like to start a new group in Stockton/Middlesbrough area for deafened young adults. Meetings possibly Fridays 7.30pm at Alma Centre if there is enough interest - contact boodicca@hotmail.com for more details.

more »

Enter your email below:
 
Subscribe Unsubscribe

 Useful Contacts
 Useful Links


© All Rights Reserved
SPONSORED BY
Tees Valley Tec
DeafSign.Com - The No. 1 Resource for Deafness and Sign Language
Online Fingerspelling, Deaf-Blind and BSL Translators
Forums - News - Chat - Events - Games


Contact the Webmaster