“When you lose your vision, you lose contact with things; when you lose your hearing, you lose contact with people”
– Helen Keller
What does Deafblind mean?
Communication method: Tadoma
Deafblindness is a combination of sight loss and hearing loss that causes difficulties with communication, access to
information and moving around. it is also known as dual sensory impairment, dual sensory loss and multi-sensory impairment.
Most people who are deafblind are not totally deaf and blind – they have a little hearing and/or sight. However, deafblindness has a significant impact on a
person’s life due to the way that sight loss and hearing loss affect each other – even if, individualy, each impairment is mild.
It is estimated that there are about 920 000 people who are deafblind in South Africa.