Originally Posted by Jiro
huh? insulting? OK What I'm referring to is a person who cannot see at all. A COMPLETE loss of eyesight. Obviously a blind person cannot read nor write (but very difficult!) english. Same for a deaf person cannot hear nor speak (but very difficult!)
You are wrong. Have you never heard of Braille. Braille is a system of raised dots that is based on the printed language with contractions for short cuts but blind people CAN read.
There is (or was) a machine called an opticon which turned print from books into tactile print for blind to feel with their fingers.
Deafblind people often rely on writing on palm of hand the way I do with people who don't know the deafblind manual.
Some blind people can even learn tactile sign language. Although due to the missunderstandings that this method is not possible for us, often a deafblind person gets denied the chance to learn.
I was orally raised (with a mild hearing loss that progressively got worse) but I find having a good grasp of written english far more useful as a deafblind person then having speach.
I could manage without speech at all but I could never manage without written english.