This is the new Blog name!
Why is it called that? As a Deafblind person I "see" better with my fingertips and someday down the road I'll "hear" better with tactile sign language.
For example, you could tell if your sink is clean by glancing around it, right? Well "glancing" and "scanning" are no longer in my vocabulary, instead I gently run my fingertips around the sink, feeling for any bumps or sticky spots. There's been moments where I've found things solely on touch alone, matching gloves in dark closets, finding the right medicine bottle without bothering to turn on the light just solely on bottle shapes.
This is not just a "blindness" tool. For some Deafblind it's their whole concept of understanding. I remember reading a story about a little Deafblind girl. She entered the classroom one day and told her teacher "I got a new hairbow!" and the teacher replied "yes it's nice". The girl was puzzled and said "No you didn't see it!" The teacher understood what she meant, went over and felt the bow on her head and said "Yes I see now", then the girl was happy "I know!" Sometimes it's easier to give the person the item to feel than try to explain details and aspects of it.
There's been moments at night, in dark areas, etc. that I needed Tactile Sign Language. It's simply putting my hands on top of the signer's hands and feeling their signs (as the picture demonstrates). Someday down the road as my sight diminishes more, I'll need to depend more on this method of communication.
Another method of using my fingertips is called "trailing". It's putting my fingers, or the back of my hand, against a wall, counter or table while I walk. First it helps me walk in a straight line, find doorways or obstacles, and finding things. Secondly, it's a sense of security, grounding me in a space and feeling safer.
So see you "under my fingertips" and pass the hand sanitizer....
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
Under My Fingertips
I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.