The Importance Of Deafblind People

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Hellen Keller, Beethoven, Andrea Bocelli, and Laura Bridgman. These individuals are known for achieving amazing accomplishments, despite being deaf and/or blind. Deafblind people are given few opportunities because of their deficits. Having no sight and hearing can cause people to adapt their other senses to their environments. Deafblind people are isolated from the world, and they are not given chances to explore and learn. Sighted interpreters and sign language help the deafblind communicate with other people, but do not expose them to communicating on their own. New and improved communication ways can help the isolated deafblind converse with others, making them feel more independent. Deafblind people need to communicate in order to…show more content…
Communication with others will increase their opportunities to develop skills deafblind people cannot learn on their own. Barbara Miles M.Ed., and Barbara McLetchie, authors and lecturers at the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, stated “…we must take the responsibility of providing experiences that will maximize the child’s opportunities to develop useful and meaningful concepts”. This demonstrates an effective way of teaching deafblind children is by providing experiences so they can understand what they are supposed to see and hear. Since they are missing two very important senses, deafblind children make up concepts for what they believe the object is. Not everyone knows how to sign, so enhanced ways are being established. Terra Edwards, linguistic anthropologist in the Seattle DeafBlind community, stated that “…DeafBlind people are generating new and reciprocal modes of access to their environment, and this process is aligning language with context in novel ways” New ways of communicating with deafblind people has been improving, and they can have more access to objects in their surroundings. Not only are there different types ways to communicate by hand, but there are many different ways of communicating by technology…show more content…
Without sight and hearing, they cannot experience the same things others do. Since not everyone knows how to communicate by hand with the deafblind, they cannot talk with others. Marion Hersh, disabled senior lecturer in biomedical engineering at Oxford Academic, stated that “…deafblind people are members of the community with the right to participate fully in society, have many skills and abilities that should be developed, and need services to avoid isolation” Deafblind people are treated as if they are aliens. If anyone sees someone with a white cane or with a translator, they start to stare. Deafblind people should be treated like any normal person in society, and they need people to support them. People are scared to come up to them because they do not know how to communicate with them. However, with proper support, experiences, and technology, deafblind people can succeed in life. Clarridge stated that…“With the new device and his service dog, Steppler said he is able to go about anywhere he wants and communicate” New devices and skills have allowed deafblind people to do anything they want to do. This makes them feel more independent and more accepted in society, and people do not need to learn sign language to communicate with them. Even though deafblind people should have people around them and interacting with them, it could turn into
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