Introduction to DeafBlind

Ensuring Access to Communication: A Guide For Direct Providers who are Working or Interacting With Individuals Who Are DeafBlind

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This course provides functional and practical information on how to best communicate with individuals who are DeafBlind. The various communication modalities used by individuals who are DeafBlind are addressed including: sign language, speech, text and alternative methods of communication such as print on palm. The possible accommodations and modifications that may be needed for each are listed and described. Much of the content in this course is addressed in HKNC’s course entitled: Communicating with Individuals Who are DeafBlind. This course is unique because it is presented in ASL with voice interpretation and is geared toward direct providers and people who interact and support DeafBlind people. The content in this course was developed by HKNC. However, the presenter, Christopher Tester, a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), has contributed by modifying the content to ensure optimal accessibility. This course, like all of our courses, is voice interpreted. Captions and transcripts are available in Spanish and English.

ACVREP CE Hours: 1.0

Modules Included

Communication Intro

Communication: Factors

Communication: Sign Language

Communication: Interpreters

Communication: Speech

Communication: Text

Communication: Alternative Methods of Communication

Communication: Visual and Environmental Information

Communication: Conclusion


Additional Courses

A woman signing I Love You and wearing a work shirt while surrounded by piles of white towels
A collage of four images showing a boy holding of a drawing in a sketchbook, two men touching hands and doing tactile sign, a woman and a man touching hands and doing tactile sign, and a woman running outside
A person using a braille display with an iPhone


Ensuring Equal Access and Participation

CRC CE Hours: 2.0
ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0