Haptics Video 3



Who uses Haptics?

Video image description: Close up of a woman signing into the camera.

At this point, you might be wondering who uses Haptics? This is not only for interpreters.  It is for anyone!  Interpreters, SSPs, family members, friends, service providers, deaf-blind people, truly anyone!

TITLE SLIDE: Examples of Haptics in Use in Various Settings

Image description: Here is an image of Maricar and a young girl shopping at an outdoor market. Maricar has a necklace in each hand.  The young girl is using Haptics to let Maricar know the color of each necklace.

And here’s an image of a deaf-blind woman filling up a pot at the sink.  Her young son is using Haptics to let her know when the pot is full.

And finally, here we have a vocational trainer using Haptics to provide feedback to a young deaf-blind man who is working in the laundry room of a local hospital.  

A deaf-blind person can be either a provider or receiver of Haptic communication, as can interpreters, SSPs, family members, friends or service providers. We can all become provider or receiver in an instant! For example, I, as a deaf-blind person, can also either be a receiver or a provider of Haptic communication.  My husband is hearing and sighted and you would think he’d be the provider of information but he CAN sometimes be a receiver as well.  We’re often are out and about biking throughout NYC. Some of our trips can be as far as 40 miles.  We ride a tandem bike, where I sit in the rear. 

Here's an image of Maricar and her husband riding their tandem bike in the city. 

And if I need to tell him something like, “Hey, I need to stop and use a restroom,” I use haptics on his back by drawing a “T” which lets him know that I need to stop. In this situation, I can’t use speech or sign language to communicate, but through Haptics I can become the provider of information to him and get him to understand what my needs are; that I need to stop.

Now, please keep in mind, that not all providers and receivers are going to know every single signal used in Haptics but rather use the signals that are appropriate for you and the setting for which you need them. There are some receivers who want to know all the information they can possibly get in a given environment, whereas others may only want to focus on a few key elements, so it really does depend on individual preference and situation.