Learn Deafblind Manual

Deafblind Manual is a tactile method of communication which is used to communicate with people who have little or no residual sight and hearing.

The recipient holds out their left hand, fingers extended and the giver makes shapes normally with their right hand on to the left hand of the deafblind person.

A

A – touch the end of the recipient’s thumb with the giver’s right forefinger.

B

B – gather all finger tips of the right hand together and place them in the middle of the recipient’s left palm.

C

C – take the right forefinger and draw it down the thumb and along the top of the outstretched forefinger.

D

D take the thumb and forefinger of the right hand (other fingers tucked away) and place them on the forefinger of the recipient’s left hand at right angles.

E

E – touch the end of the recipient’s forefinger with the giver’s right forefinger.

F

F – place the giver’s forefinger and middle finger at right angles to the recipient’s forefinger and middle finger.

G

G – the giver takes a clenched fist and places it on the recipient’s left hand, small finger down.

H

H – take the giver’s right hand outstretched, fingers together across the recipient’s left hand.

I

I – giver uses right forefinger to touch middle finger of recipient’s left hand.

J

J – the giver draws the letter “J” down the middle of recipient’s left hand using the right forefinger.

K

K – giver’s bent right forefinger is placed at right angles against the recipient’s forefinger.

L

L – place the right forefinger flat on the palm of the recipient’s hand.

M

M – place the giver’s 3 middle fingers flat on the palm of the recipient’s hand.

N

N – place two fingers flat on the palm of the recipient’s hand.

O

O – giver uses the right forefinger to touch ring finger on the recipient’s left hand.

P

P – giver pinches the recipient’s left forefinger using the right fore finger and thumb.

Q

Q – thread right forefinger round the base of recipient’s thumb.

R

R – place bent right forefinger flat on the palm of recipient’s hand, small finger down.

S

S – thread right forefinger between base of small finger and ring finger.

T

T – place tip of outstretched forefinger on the giver’s hand at right angles against the bottom of the palm.

U

U – giver’s right forefinger touches the recipient’s small finger.

V

V – place the right forefinger and middle finger, opened, flat on the receiver’s palm.

W

W – place whole right hand on recipient’s palm then fold fingers over.

X

X – place right forefinger on top of the recipient’s left forefinger, other fingers tucked neatly away.

Y

Y – place the right forefinger, other fingers tucked neatly away, at base of the recipient’s thumb.

Z

Z – place the finger tips of the giver’s outstretched right hand at right angles into recipient’s left palm.

Practise for 10 minutes each day for a week and it will stay with you for years.

Now that you’ve learned the alphabet, click here to try out our Deafblind Manual Word Searches.