The Deafblind Manual Alphabet


Here is the Deafblind Manual Alphabet, if you are a sighted person I would be delighted if you would take a copy of this graphical picture of the Deafblind Manual Alphabet, so you can learn it when you have the time, you never know you may one day meet a Deafblind person, it also may help you to communicate to a Deaf person. So why not give it a try you are not losing anything by just trying.

The Deafblind Manual is the best way to communicate with someone who is Deafblind. You can learn it quickly, and here's how you do it. Stick out your index finger (that's the long one next to your thumb) on your right hand. fold your other fingers out of the way. Think of this finger as your pen. You are going to use it to write - not on paper, but on your deafblind friends left hand which they will hold out for you.

First learn the vowels. They're easy. Just remember the order A,E,I,O,U.

And now for the complete alphabet.


And now two quick signs that come in handy.


The English Deafblind Manual Alphabet (Evans).

The English Deafblind Manual Alphabet (Evans) is based on the two-handed manual alphabet used by many sighted deaf people. Deaf and blind people who do not know the manual alphabet may use the Spartan alphabet - capital letters spelt on to the palm of the receiver's hand.

The most comfortable position is for the interpreter to sit on the right of the deafblind person, particularly if the deafblind person can speak. For conversation with someone who cannot speak, the person with most to spell should sit on the right, and at a slight angle, as if seated at a round table.

When standing or walking, the deafblind person should usually be on the left, with his/her right hand palm upwards so that he/she can converse and be guided at the same time. When the deafblind person needs to spell, he/she puts his/her right hand over the interpreter's left hand.

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