Deafblind Interpreting (NRCPD Registered)

Deafblind interpreters work with people who have a dual sensory impairment using a variety of tactics:

Deafblind Manual Alphabet

This involves spelling out words on a Deafblind person’s palm and is predominantly used by people who were born with a visual impairment, then later in life acquired a hearing loss.

Hands-on signing

This approach is generally used by people who are born deaf and acquire BSL as their first language and later in life lose their sight. They would still continue to use BSL but in order to receive it they would rest their hands on a signer’s/interpreter’s hands thus feeling the hand shapes and movements to determine what was being signed.

Visual frame signing

Visual frame signing is used by BSL users whose peripheral vision is restricted in some way and might not be able to receive signs situated outside of their field of vision. Therefore, signers/interpreters communicating with these Deafblind BSL users would ensure that their signs remain within the confines of a smaller frame than that used by conventional BSL users.

Professional communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard-of-hearing people living in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.