Title

STUDY OF THE TACTUAL AND VISUAL RECEPTION OF FINGERSPELLING

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1990

Abstract

The purpose of the study reported here was to examine the ability of experienced deaf-blind subjects to receive fingerspelled materials, including sentences and connected text, through the tactual sense. A parallel study of the reception of fingerspelling through the visual sense was also conducted using sighted deaf subjects. The study concluded that tactual spelling is sent and received with excellent accuracy at 2-6 letters per second. Visual reception, on the other hand, with the use of variable speed videotape playback, could be shown to be much faster than the sender can form the letters. JOURNAL OF SPEECH AND HEARING RESEARCH, vol. 33, no. 4, December1990, pp. 786-797.

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