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Recommendations on the organization of communicative contact with the deafblind
Recommendations on the organization of communicative contact with the deafblind
GROUP OF HARD-OF-HEARING PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT EXTENT OF VISION LOSS

Usually hard-of-hearing blind people or visually impaired (or practically deaf with different extent of vision loss who use hearing aids) are able to use oral speech and write properly. Among them you can meet people with inarticulate, deformed voice speech.

FIND THE MOST COMFORTABLE PLACE
for communication with deaf-blind person where you won’t be disturbed by noises and conversations of other people.
FIND OUT FROM WHAT SIDE YOUR DIALOGUE PARTNER HEAR BETTER
and what volume of speech it is better to choose taking into account the hearing aid settings
POSITION YOURSELF IN FRONT OF THE PERSON,
if he\she has some vision so that he\she can see your face and especially your lips
STAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF A PERSON,
if he\she has tunnel (tubulose) field of vision so that your face and lips fit his\her field of vision
SPEAK IN AN EVEN SLOW PACE,
using clear words, articulating them clearly and making long pauses
FROM TIME TO TIME ASK, IF EVERYTHING IS CLEAR
and if the deaf-blind person manages to follow your thoughts
EXPRESS YOUR REACTIONNOT ONLY BY VOICE,
but also by touches to hand or shoulder of deaf-blind
GROUP OF DEAF-BLIND PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT EXTENT OF HEARING LOSS

Deaf people (totally deaf or practically deaf) with different extent of vision loss (from total blindness to slightly remained vision) divide into two groups – those who speak and those who sign. There is no opportunity to use oral speech for communication with them.
Deaf people who speak can address you by voice (if it is normal), but can not receive voice feedback from you. With people who use sign language it’s harder to communicate even in one-way mode.
For proper communication with these categories of people you need to use services of special interpreters for deaf-blind people or sign language interpreters who know basics of communication with deaf-blind and their psychological peculiarities.

TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT TIME IS NEEDED
to communicate with deaf-blind person
COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF-BLIND PERSON,
not with his\her assistant
ASK A SPECIAL INTERPRETER FOR DEAF-BLIND PEOPLE TO HELP,
if you can not communicate successfully with a deaf-blind yourself
COMMUNICATE WITH THE HELP OF NOTES
with a person of low vision who uses speech or sign language, but write larger letters and don’t try to use your voice
«WRITING ON HAND»
is an easy way of communication which you can use in conversation with totally or practically totally deaf-blind people

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