Methods of communicating with deafblind people
Many deafblind people will use more than one mode of communication, see below.
Remember that Sense can point you to experts who can contribute hugely towards professionals' decisions when working with people with a combined sight and hearing loss.
Symbol systems - objects of reference; Bliss
Sign systems - British Sign Language (BSL); Makaton
Speech-based - includes clear speech; lipreading; Tadoma
Communication aids - including technological switches; Braille
Intensive interaction - imitation; observation; using rhythm
Total communication - combining methods
First published: Monday 21 May 2012
Updated: Tuesday 15 October 2013