Two female teachers working with young male students in a classroom.

Reflections on deafblindness: Hands and touch

In this webcast, Barbara Miles, a well-known author and lecturer, discusses the unique function hands serve for individuals who are deafblind. For people with vision and hearing impairments, hands become eyes, ears, and a voice. Barbara’s realization that hands have so many critical roles changed the way she interacts with the hands of children who are deafblind.


  1. Introduction
  2. Touch as Essential for Learning for Most People with Deafblindness
  3. How Touch is Influenced by Culture
  4. Functions of Hands for Persons who are Deafblind
  5. Interacting with Persons Who Are Deafblindness
  6. Touch As the Foundation for Language Learning