Spend a day with a blind person you would be surprised how well they are able to get around. Just because they are blind doesnt mean they cant get around well. Guide dogs help them get around at a faster pace from what I am told.
About people petting the service dogs, what can I say? You know they are animal lovers and not animal abusers. Sure it's wrong but their first instinct is to show affections toward the animal.
Hadn't thought of that Hear Again and I wasn't being mean when I made that quip and I apologize if you were offended. Absent that and other rare circumstances, it's pretty funny, isn't it? I think the manufacturers of these machines have Braille on them as a matter of course, irregardless of where they are placed.
Hear Again; do you attend the deaf events/meets?
One thing that kinda of scares me is how would I communicate with you since you are deaf/blind and I am deaf. Do I sign inside your hand? I visualized this from the Helen Keller movie. Again, unfortunately that I have never encountered a blind person with/without dog before. I wouldn't even know
how to say hello to you.
Yes, I attend local events for the Deaf in my community.
Your fear of communicating with a deafblind person is completely normal and understandable.
To initiate communication with me, touch my hand. At that point, I will place my hands over yours so you can begin signing.
There are many other ways deafblind people communicate including FM system, tactile/visual sign, TeleBraille (Braille TTY), Teletouch (a device that looks like a typewriter and has a QWERTY keyboard on one side and a single Braille display on the other...when a key is depressed on the QWERTY keynoard, it appears on the Braille display), large print TTY, CART (computer assisted real-time captioning), Screen Braille Communicator (similar to the Teletouch in that it consists of a QWERTY keyboard on one side, a Perkins (Braille) keyboard on the other and either a 1 or 8 cell Braille display as well as a print LCD screen), Braille/raised print alphabet card, fingerbraille (tapping Braille letters and numbers onto one's lap, arm, or back using the first 3 fingers of each hand) and print on palm (tracing block print in the palm of one's hand).
Communication with a deafblind person:
If you don't know how much a deafblind person can see, it is best to move in front of them, touch their arm gently and move back a little further to sign slowly in a fixed range at the level of their vision. If you don't get any response, gently touch their hand.
If you already know a person is totally deafblind, always touch their hand to get their attention.
Many deafblind people have some residual hearing and/or vision. Only 3% of the deafblind population is totally deaf and blind.
Here's a website which explains how to communicate with the deafblind:
Tips On How To Communicate And Comply Effectively with A Deaf-Blind Person.
I hope this information helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!
I'm a deafblind dog guide user (I'm currently working with my second guide dog) and the same thing has happened to me. I don't know how many times I've said to people, "You know, there *is* a human being on the other end of this leash."
I've also had people pet my dog without permission. I used to have a sign on my dog's harness which read, "Do not pet me. I am working" but I finally removed it because people constantly ignored the sign. (I've even had sighted friends tell me that people would read the sign, look at me and then pet my dog. Grrr!)
Sometimes I wonder if these people think they can get away with petting my dog because I'm blind. Even after I catch them in the act and request that they stop petting my dog, I've had people say things like, "You're blind. How do you know I'm petting your dog?" at which time I'll reach out, grab their hand or arm and say, "This is how I know."
What they fail to realize is that I can tell my dog is being pet by her reaction both on leash and in harness (it's no different than a sighted person getting to know the behavioral habits of their pet dog), but oftentimes I do not have the time nor the patience to explain this to every person who wishes to pet her.
This would be a wonderful learning experience! I am one of those who are
not educated or fortunate to know blind people and their ways.
That you all for your input here.
They do include any service dog. They can not exclude; I'd make sure it had the vest on to let them know it is working and keep going as normal.Probably not since a dog would not have been able to help you with the lipreading error.
I believe the laws include ANY service dog (for the deaf, blind, and various medical conditions); the signs just date back to when either people weren't as aware of the various kinds of service dogs, or there weren't as many different kinds. I highly doubt if you went to a PO with a service dog for the deaf you would get any trouble if it had the appropriate clothing or uniform or whatever they call it on a dog.