Title

LOSING TOUCH: A SURVEY OF SIGN LANGUAGE RECEPTION AND MODIFICATION FOR DEAF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOSING THEIR SIGHT

Document Type

Document

Publication Date

1987

Abstract

This is the report of an investigation conducted in England commissioned and funded by SENSE and the Council for the Advancement of Communication with All Deaf People - CACDP. It was designed to explore the communication needs brought about by the addition of adventitious visual impairment to an existing hearing loss in which sign language was the chief form of communication; to explore some of the situations imposed by visual impairment; and to offer possible insights and suggestions to professionals and other interested persons. Data was collected through interviews with 30 subjects, 10 of whom had Usher Syndrome. Communication methods used by the subjects are discussed. Spoken language, use of residual sight, and sign language must eventually be supplemented by deafblind manual communication. Subjects' views on help needed by and best approaches from professionals are included.

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