Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Blog Post #2 Tadoma

Tadoma is a method of lip-reading from touch used by those who are deaf and blind to communicate with people who do not know sign language. In the book the author explains the Tadoma method used on him by a deaf and blind individual named Rick Joy. Joy did this by resting his thumb vertically on Rosenblum's chin so that its tip was just touching his lower lip. Joy then curled his index finger index under the bottom of Rosenblums' chin,  while his three other fingers gently touched Rosenblum's Adam’s apple.
Nowadays Tadoma is rarely used because there is an availability of portable text-to-Braille translation devices makes it easier for nonsigners to communicate with the deaf-blind, as well as there being a growing number of deaf-blind individuals receiving cochlear implants, and the choice of many deaf schools to deemphasize communication techniques other than sign language. 

Here is a video of one of the most famous users of the Tadoma method, Helen Keller. 


  1. I love how happy she looks when showing that she can speak and prove that she isn't dumb. It's amazing how Helen Keller and many other individuals were able to use this method to learn how to speak words. I feel like I wouldn't be able to understand and feel the different vibrations as well as she does.

  2. Thank you for sharing the video. Before this class I didn't know anything about the Tadoma method and never knew that Helen Keller used it to understand people. I can't imagine understanding what someone is saying through the Tadoma method. It really shows how adaptable we are as humans.

  3. This video was really helpful in truly understanding how this technique works for those who have hearing impairments. I never knew about the Tadoma method, and it is amazing how someone such as Helen Keller went on to be one of the most influential people. I almost feel as if I am taking my abilities for granted, for someone who is impaired can truly do remarkable things.