An interdisciplinar approach of Deafblindness

Tania Gaspar, António Rebelo, Jan Van Dijk

Abstract


Deafblindness is a disability still unknown to most people, including professionals in the health, social and educational areas.

The study “Deafblindness: an intervention model” (Gaspar et al, 2013) brought some light on deafblindness in Portugal, based on that study results, a qualitative study focused on knowledge, opinions and suggestions of twelve multidisciplinary specialists that work with deafblind people and their families about the needs and opportunities of deafblindness, families, and professionals. Some strategies and intervention models are presented.

From this study a recommendation letter was created with several implications for practice: the promotion of autonomy, education, access, prevention of isolation, promotion of communication through learning and use of Tactile Sign Language by all those involved, health, educational and social policies for equality of opportunities in terms of gender, age and geographical location.   

 


Keywords


deafblindness; intervention; muldisciplinarity; characterization; needs; implications for practice.

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