Communication

The population of people who are deafblind is very diverse due in part to the wide range of combinations of different degrees of vision and hearing impairment plus the possibility of additional disabilities.  This range and combination of impairments results in a diverse range of different communication methods used by this group.  While two people with deafblindness may have a lot in common, they may not be able to share their experiences with each other without assistance as they may communicate in very different ways.

The most common forms of communication used by people who are Deafblind in Australia are:

  • speech, oral/aural communication;
  • sign language including a variety of ways of receiving sign language eg. Close range, visual frame, tactile;
  • Deafblind fingerspelling;
  • alternative and augmentative communication including touch cues, pictographs, key word signs; and
  • print / Braille (including print on palm, computer and email);