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How Do Deaf-Blind People Communicate?

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

Deaf-blind people have many different ways of communication.
The methods they use vary, depending on the causes of their combined vision and hearing loss, their backgrounds, and their education.

Below are some of the most common ways that deaf-blind people communicate. These methods described are used primarily in the United States.

Sign Language and Modifications

Signed Languages:

Smell the Coffee Blind Businessman Knows When the Roast is Just Right

By Alicia Wallace, Camera Business Writer September 7, 2003

Gerry Leary slowly flipped the switch on the coffee roaster, and the small machine started to hum.

Leary, founder of The Unseen Bean, a Boulder-based coffee roasting company, slid his hands along the counter to a bag of beans from Malawi and Zambia. Unroasted, the beans smelled sharp and bitter.

That smell changed dramatically after the green beans were poured into the 375-degree barrel of the roaster.

ACC Installs Wind Chimes to Help Students With Vision Disabilities Navigate Campus

May 26, 2016

The wind chimes now hanging around Alvin Community College (ACC) are there for more than just decoration and ringing pleasant sounds on campus. The college installed the chimes to assist students with vision disabilities at the college.

wind chimesWind chimes were installed at certain locations on campus to help students find where they need to be.

Still I Rise

A poem by a Washington State School for the Blind student
written by Elora Handcock.

Still I Rise

Can you see colors?
Can you see the words on a page?

These are the questions I hear every day

I want to answer, but I can’t find the words

Still I Rise

I know I don’t have to be the same as everyone else
But I still feel as if I have to hide
Have to lie

Mini-Camera Mounted on Glasses Helps People with Vision Disabilities Read

May 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CALIF: A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System has found.

What to do when you can’t see what you plant

]published 2003-01-01] Kim Kierans
The following article is reprinted from the Sunday Herald, September 7, 2003.

A MASTER GARDENER from South Nictaux shares the secrets of growing prize-winning vegetables without ever seeing the product of his labour.

Arthur Shepperdson of South Nictaux picked up 10 ribbons at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition for his garden vegetables. His success followed the Best in Show prize for green beans at the Wilmot Garden Club flower and vegetable show. What makes these wins notable is that Mr. Shepperdson is blind.