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Technology, Tactile

  • By: Sonya Spolsky
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf-Blind people communicate and understand the world in many different ways determined by the nature of their situation, the age of onset, and what resources are available to them. Although Deaf-Blindness is of low incidence, tactile technological advances address the diverse needs of the Deaf-Blind community and improve the lives of Deaf-Blind individuals by providing them the opportunity to lead more independent lives.

Touch is a powerful way for Deaf-Blind individuals to understand the world. This entry will highlight the impact of tactile technological devices to empower the Deaf-Blind community and will present technological advances and advances in legislation, and will highlight how universal design and haptic technology increase the self-determination of Deaf-Blind individuals.

Definition of Deaf-Blindness

Based on the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) definition, ...

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