Deaf-blindness is a foreign concept to a lot of people. While it is not a rare condition, there isn’t much awareness about it. As a deaf wellness center in New York, we often get asked about deaf-blindness.
Here are some common questions and their respective answers from the American Association of the Deaf-blind:
- Does “deaf-blind” mean a person is fully deaf and fully blind?
No. They usually have a combination of vision and hearing loss. They may have some but not always reliable vision and hearing.
- How do people become deaf-blind?
About half the people in the deaf-blind community have Usher Syndrome, which is a genetic condition where a person is born deaf or hard of hearing or with normal hearing but eventually loses their vision later on.
- How do deaf-blind people communicate?
They can use sign language (adapted to fit their visual field), tactile sign language, braille, etc. The methods vary for each person.
Do you need adult day services in Brooklyn, New York catering to the deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing? We at Deaf Wellness and Recreation Center can provide you with the support you need.
We are a social adult daycare in Brooklyn with committed staff and volunteers fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and tactile communication. We provide a sanctuary to this special community.