Communication within the db community and among db people is complex. Communication within the db community and among db people is complex
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Communication within the DB Community and among DB people is complex.
DB people communicate in a variety of ways.
Standing at a distance slightly greater than usual.
Again, at a slightly greater than usual distance.
The woman on the right is listening to the SSP using her left hand.
The man on the right is listening to the woman on the left, using Sign Language. He is using a combination of touch (his hands on her wrists) and vision (watching her hands).
Reading English visually, supplemented by Sign Language tactually.
The DB woman on the right is using her hearing to listen to the young woman on her left who has just guided her to the elevator.
ALDs are assistive listening devices. There are different types.
The modality (vision, hearing, touch) is distinct from the language. One can read printed English visually, listen auditorily, etc.
‘Ergonomics’ is the study of how furniture, chairs, tools, and so on in our environment affect our bodies and how to make, arrange and use them in the most comfortable way so as to not injure ourselves through awkward postures, etc.
Stay on the same plane or level rather than having one person reaching up. Reaching up puts a strain on your arms.
The DB woman on the left is using the table to support her back, and the back of her chair to support her listening arm.
You can reach out and touch a hand or shoulder for attention.
The word “OK” has spread throughout the world and means many things. It is not so much a word as it is a signal: “understanding,” “all is well,” and a transition to a new topic or activity are some examples.
While guiding a deaf-blind person you will use pauses or changes in your pace to indicate a change in the terrain (curbs, doors, an increase of traffic, etc.). A slowing pace signals ‘attention up’ that something is coming.
Pauses may indicate your own attention is elsewhere (e.g. getting your money out of your wallet, listening to a clerk) which need to be followed by communication to the deaf-blind person
Of course, we learn about the environment through signals and the deaf-blind person may want to know what those are. For example, how do we know, when we enter an elevator, how many floors the elevator serves?
‘Back-channeling’ is the linguistic term for the response we give to the speaker as we listen. In English, it’s the “oh,” “umm,” “sheesh” to show our response.
Back-channel signals indicate you are paying attention and listening.
In the previous slide the listeners are responding with verbal (ASL) back-channel signs “yes, yeah” indicating understanding.
In the next slide, aj granda is talking to a group. Co-instructor Jelica Nuccio on her left is listening. Notice Jelica’s left hand ‘nodding’ on aj’s knee, as she listens.
Back-channeling is what the listener gives while listening.
The three women in the next slide - all fluent signers - are having a three-way conversation tactually.
As you spend time with deaf-blind people, or just one deaf-blind person, you will notice many more things than can be included in this curriculum.
There is no “right answer” but…
In a way, “play” is practice. Young children “play house” practicing roles in the family and as they grow, other games inculcate skills and attitudes of “sportsmanship”.
The beginning of this power point emphasized the importance of touch but it is deeper than that.
The default low-vision print is dark, bold, slightly larger and non-glare.
There are software applications used by some blind people to read print on their computers. These allow the blind person to adjust the colors, size of text and so on.
Technology is both changing and improving as we speak.
The Deaf-Blind Communicator (DBC) is a portable device for face-to-face, text and TTY communication.
Communication is much more than just language, it is also the form of the language; our attention to detail and our awareness of our own issues and tendencies.
What is your family’s communication style? Is your family very verbal, talking a lot or do they show their connections in other ways?
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