TOUCH and Deaf-Blind People. Chapter 4.1.5. Overview. As Deaf people have been called visual people, DB people may be called tactile people. Touch is used for orientation, for language, for connection to the environment and to other people, and for pleasure.
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Sighted-Hearing people use touch too, of course.
DB people use it for these and additional purposes.
This DB woman has added a piece of art to the handle of her cane.
Touching is experiencing just as seeing is experiencing. Some people like dogs or catsandfindpettingthemtobepleasurable. Lyinginfreshwarmgrasscanfeelwonderful.
In the next slide the DB woman first scans the sign to see its size and any tactile markings and then reads the Braille.
The woman on the left makes a comment to the (hearing) man while the interpreter on the right touches her elbow to signal his acknowledgement.
Public touch includes:
Friends hugging “Goodbye”
What is appropriate touch depends on the situation.
The meaning of touch is cultural, individual and situational.
Beginning to get comfortable:
Communicating through touch in these situations eases the transition.