Communicating with others can be challenging. For individuals who are DeafBlind, communicating with others presents some additional challenges. Some devices (low and high tech) are available to assist DeafBlind individuals in communicating with those around them.
The APH DeafBlind Pocket Communicator
The DeafBlind Pocket Communicator (DBPC), a low-tech device, is available through the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The slim device can easily fit in a purse or bag. It features a lanyard for more carrying flexibility. The DBPC uses communication cards featuring large print and braille individuals can use when asking questions. The cards are customizable to meet communication needs. The APH Tactile Graphics Library provides a template that can be used with a 3D printer to create more customized cards.
You can learn more about developing customized communication cards and communicating with individuals who are DeafBlind courtesy of the following agencies and resources:
- Helen Keller National Center, Communication Training
- Teaching Deaf-Blind People to Communicate and Interact with the Public: Critical Issues for Travelers who are Deaf-Blind by Eugene Bourquin and Dona Sauerburger
- DeafBlind Adults & Children (DeafBlind Services Minnesota – Vision Loss Resources
- Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Deaf-Blind Program
- National Federation of the Blind, Deaf-Blind Communication Technology
The DBPC weighs 0.26 pounds and is 11.45 × 15.35 × 0.85 in. APH Federal Quota funds can be used to purchase this product.
The DeafBlind Pocket Communicator is not the only device available to help individuals communicate. Manufacturer’s such as Vispero and HumanWare sell high-tech devices that may be more suitable, depending on the need of the individual.