How do you communicate with deaf-blind people?

There are various ways to communicate with a person with the dual disability of deaf-blindness.
Communication methods vary from person to person depending on how they choose to communicate.

Israeli Sign Language

Sign language is a visual way of communicating where someone uses hand gestures and movements, body language and facial expressions to communicate

Lipreading Speech

Speaking clearly is one of the most effective ways to communicate with someone who has acquired hearing loss


A communication method for deaf-blind people where the deaf-blind person puts their hands on the speakers jaw, bottom lip or neck in order to feel the  vibrations


Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired

Print on Palm

The letters are written on the hand of the deaf-blind person so s/he can “read” what is being written on the hand.

The Lorm alphabet

At the heart of the system is a thin cotton glove or a diagram of the hand with the position of each letter or symbol marked for the convenience of the sighted person who wishes to communicate with this system

Tactile fingerspelling

Tactile fingerspelling is a manual form of the alphabet in which words are spelled out where the deaf-blind person places a hand over that of the signer