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  2-Hand Manual
 


   Two-Hand manual is a tactile fingerspelling system of communication. The receiver or "listener" holds out the open palm of their hand, and the "speaker" spells out the words that are being spoken by touching various points of the listeners hand to represent letters of the alphabet.
 
  Each letter of each word is spelled. This is a tactual communication method that is also adapted for some visual use.
 
  It is used by many Deaf-Blind adults in Canada as their preferred primary mode of communication. It also requires literacy.

  

 
 
 
 Consumer using 2-Hand Manual
2-Hand Manual
   Communicating with Deaf-Blind Persons
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   Although the total number of Deaf-Blind people is small, the number of different communication systems used by them is surprisingly large.
 
   This is naturally related to the many different types and degrees of deaf-blindness and the circumstances and timing of their onset.
 
   Nine different categories of Deaf-Blindness have been identified by looking at the presence (or absence) of either sensory impairment (sight or hearing) at birth.
 
 
9 Categories of Deaf-Blindness
Born deaf
  Blind from birth
Visually impaired with some useful vision in childhood
Vision normal (or nearly normal) as a child; later visual impairment
 
Born hard-of-hearing
  Blind from birth
Visually impaired with useful vision as a child
Normal vision as a child, impaired later
 
Born with normal hearing
  Blind from birth
Visually impaired with useful vision as a child
Normal sight and hearing as a child, both impairments later
 
 
   Each of these combinations has a different effect on language and cognitive development.
 
   
   Depending on the nature of the visual impairment, American Sign Language modified to use smaller than normal signs at greater than normal distance is used in order to place the signs within the limited field of the deaf-blind person. 
 

   
 The letter "O"
The Letter "O"

     
 Communicating with a consumer
 

 
 The Letter "Q"
 
 
   
 Signing within a small visual field
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   Rotary Cheshire Homes (RCH) and The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) developed the Learn 2-Hand Manual Online pages in order to provide an accessible, clear and easy to learn resource for families, friends and professionals who have interaction with persons who are deaf-blind.
 
   The alphabet can be learned in under an hour. Please take a few moments to check it out.
 
   The next time you see a deaf-blind person, try to communicate with them.
 
   From all of the tenants, staff, board members, volunteers and friends of RCH...
 

  Thank You
 
 
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2-HAND MANUAL
 

 
  
 Learn 2 Hand Manual (Standard Version)
Standard Format 
   

 Learn 2 Hand Manual (Black Text on White)
 
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 Learn 2 Hand Manual (Yellow Text on Black)
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