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OHOA Module: An Introduction to Sign Language and Braille

OHOA Module: An Introduction to Sign Language and Braille

Three photo collage of hands, sign language alphabet, and legos.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand that language development exists along a hierarchical continuum.
  • Understand the intervener's role in supporting sign language and braille development.
  • Know that consistent use of strategies and modalities across communication partners and environments is essential for learners who are deaf-blind.
  • Understand that students who are deaf-blind are multimodal communicators.
  • Understand the role of touch (e.g., for communication, information, and expression of emotions), and how it is re-prioritized as an access point by students who are deaf-blind, regardless of their use of functional vision.

Development Team

  • Susanne Morgan Morrow (Lead)
  • Darlene Daniels
  • Tina Hertzog
  • George Stern
  • Heather Withrow

Suggested Citation

Morrow, S., Daniels, D., Hertzog, T., Stern, G., Withrow, H. (2016, September). Introduction to Sign Language and Braille. In National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules. Monmouth, OR: National Center on Deaf-Blindness, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University.