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June 29, 2013

Richard asks…

How do deaf blind people think and communicate?

If they can’t hear then they don’t have a language to think in and they can’t see in pictures either so how could they think or communicate?

admin answers:

Tactile Sign Language
The deaf-blind person puts his or her hands over the signer’s hands to feel the shape, movement and location of the signs. Some signs and facial expressions may need to be modified (for example, signing “not understand” instead of signing “understand” and shaking one’s head; spelling “dog” rather than signing “dog”). People can use one-handed or two-handed tactile sign language.

Some deaf-blind people with restricted but still usable vision (e.g., tunnel vision) may follow signs by holding the signer’s forearm or wrist and using their eyes to follow the signs visually. This helps them follow signs more easily

Tactile Fingerspelling
Usually blind or visually impaired people who lose their hearing later, or deaf or hard of hearing people who have depended on their speech reading and do not know how to sign, prefer tactile fingerspelling because sometimes sign language can be difficult to learn. The deaf-blind person may prefer to put his or her hand over the fingerspelling hand, or on the signer’s palm, or cup his or her hand around the signer’s hand.

This is a way for deaf-blind people with little or no usable vision to speechread another person by touch. They put their thumb on the other person’s chin, and their fingers on the other person’s cheek to feel the vibrations of the person’s voice and the movement of their lips. This method is rarely used nowadays.

Other deaf or hard of hearing people with usable vision use speechreadng as well as their residual vision and hearing. They may use hearing aids, cochlear implants and/or assistive listening devices to help them hear and understand other people better.

TTY with Braille Display
The TTY is connected with and stacked on top of a braille display, although both can be separate. It allows a deaf-blind person who reads braille to use the telephone. The deaf-blind person can also use this system as a face-to-face communication device to communicate with someone else who does not know the person’s preferred communication method.

Also, some people who don’t see well can use TTYs with large visual displays or computers with larger font to communicate with others.

I am sure there are more than this but these are the ones i have seen in the past.

By the way I do ASL with My cousin in New Jersey :)

Michael asks…

Where do I turn next for help with a child diagnosed with Non verbal learning disorder?

My daughter who is 9, was just diagnosed with a non verbal learning disorder. I’ve been reading about it online but I need to find a therapist or someone who can help her and me with understanding it and coping with it.

Has anyone, who is been through it, know where I can turn?

admin answers:

When I was a therapist in a private clinic, our occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists provided therapy to children with NLD.

Nonverbal Learning Disorder, known as NLD, is a neurophysiological disorder originating in the right hemisphere of the brain. Reception of nonverbal or performance-based information governed by this hemisphere is impaired in varying degrees, including problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative, and holistic processing functions.

I would start with an Occupational Therapist who has experience with NLD and Sensory Integegration Dysfunction. I would also look in to a social skills group run by a speech-language pathologist.

Look up Occupational Therapists in your phone book and start calling/asking questions. You can also get OT in the public schools. The American Speech and Hearing Association has a search engine to help you find an SLP in your area. I’ve posted the link below.

Good luck to you.

Paul asks…

Can a company operating in Virginia force an employee that gets an hourly wage to work off the clock?

My manager keeps withholding my time card until I perform certain tasks that I shouldn’t be doing unless I’m on the clock. I’m ALLOWED to clock in if I finish. The company specifically forbids employees from working off the clock. I need to know if Virginia has a law that forbids Companies from forcing employees to work off the clock. I realize I need to call my HR Dept. but I need to know how much I can leverage. Thanks!

admin answers:

No, you can’t be worked off the clock.

Contact the National Labor Relations Board.


The Agency also has a toll free telephone number that offers a general description of the Agency’s mission, referrals to other related agencies and access to an Information Officer based upon the caller’s telephone number. A Spanish language option is also available. Toll free access is available by dialing:

1-866-667-NLRB (1-866-667-6572)
(TTY) 1-866-315-NLRB (1-866-315-6572) for hearing impaired

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