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ERIC Number: ED531844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Literacy for Persons Who Are Deaf-Blind
Miles, Barbara
National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind
Each person who is deaf-blind--whatever her sensory, mental, and physical abilities--deserves the opportunity to become literate in all the ways of which she is capable. Reading and writing are especially crucial for one whose world is narrowed because of vision and hearing losses. Literacy can enable such a person to exchange information and ideas, and develop relationships that would otherwise be out of reach. This paper presents a beginning list of the pragmatic functions of reading and writing, together with some examples of each function. As readers read the list, they might think about a person who is deaf-blind and consider how that person could benefit from each of these uses if they were made available by means of adaptations.
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. Teaching Research Institute Western Oregon University 345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, OR 97361. Tel: 800-438-9376; Fax: 503-838-8150; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind