Communicating with people who are deaf-blind

Deaf blindness is a combined visual and hearing impairment It is sometimes called multi-sensory impairment (MSI). It may cause difficulties with communication, access to information and mobility.

Deaf blind people may not be totally deaf or totally blind. It is important to remember that not all deaf blind people communicate in the same way.

Communications techniques

Deaf blind people use a range methods to communicate, often using two at a time to access information e.g. lip reading whilst watching sign language or receiving Deaf blind Manual Alphabet to clarify names.

Most of the above information was taken from the Deaf blind Scotland website: deafblindscotland web page