Title

PERCEPTIONS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS BY ADULTS WHO ARE DEAFBLIND

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

In this study, 10 adults who are deafblind were interviewed about their social lives. Additional data was collected from a discussion board and emails from the study participants. Three findings emerged from the data: (a) Navigating adaptations was a significant part of socialization. (b) Gaps existed in work, family, and formal support networks. (c) The participants drew upon resiliency and advocacy to manage these gaps. The article includes a discussion of the Pro-Tactile movement. AMERICAN ANNALS OF THE DEAF, Vol. 161, No. 3, pp. 369- 383.

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