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Haptic Communication to Facilitate Braille Instruction with Deaf-Blind Adults

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This presentation describes a research study designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of using Haptics during braille instruction. Haptics is a standardized system of providing visual and environmental information and social feedback to individuals who are deaf-blind. Results of our research indicate that Haptics is an additional strategy that has the ability to provide efficient feedback during instruction and the potential to greatly enhance the instructional process in rehabilitation learning.

Learning Objectives
  1. Gain knowledge of the use of Haptic Communication ("Haptics") to provide visual and environmental information and social feedback to people who are DeafBlind.
  2. Identify situations and environments where Haptics may be used.
  3. Understand how Haptics can assist with communication during braille instruction for adults who are DeafBlind.
  4. Understand the broader implications of research on braille and Haptics for application to additional areas of rehabilitation training.

This session was originally presented in July, 2020 by Megan Conway, Peggy Costello and Deborah Harlin.

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