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Ablelink, situated in the heart of Melbourne, is a computer training and drop-in centre for deafblind people to access the web and catch up with friends.


Deafblind participants are able to take advantage of the accessibility features of Ablelink to check their e-mail, surf the Internet, use the scanner or printer.

Deafblind Communication

Volunteer trainers who are deafblind, work with new trainees and share information about computers and learn skills from each other in a supported but informal way.


Communication Solutions for Deaf-Blind

HumanWare is the leader in digital communication for deaf-blind people, introducing DBC, the first portable TTY and Face-to-Face solution in 2008. For the first time, a deaf-blind person had portability and independence to participate in TTY, text messaging and Face-to-Face conversations. With familiarity of a built in keyboard on a traditional cell phone, the sighted population had a very small learning curve to learn of this communication style.


Deaf-Blind Solutions

HIMS notetakers are created with the Deaf-Blind in mind. With built-in visual displays, face to face communication requires only the addition of a QWERTY keyboard. With built-in vibration motors, the Deaf-Blind are alerted to messages, prompts, and alarms in a way that is accessible to them. Connect the Braille Sense to your PC or Mac and gain intuitive Braille access using a variety of screen readers across multiple platforms. Connectivity with iPhones, iPods, and iPads provides access to realy services, text messaging, additional face to face communication options and access to the Internet anytime, anywhere.


Deaf-Blind Communication Technology

From the Editor: Amy Mason works in the International Braille and Technology Center and frequently writes about and evaluates technology. Here is an in-depth review of techniques used by deaf-blind people to communicate with others. The piece is long, but this is information everyone needs to understand as we reach out to all blind citizens. Here is what she says.


Deaf-Blind Accessibility Apps

If you are deaf-blind, you can communicate in a variety of ways with iOS features. Based on your individual hearing loss or vision loss, features like FaceTime video calling and unlimited texting, provide telecommunications in an accessible way. And assistive technologies such as closed captions and mono audio help you enjoy your content. For vision loss, you can use VoiceOver, an advanced screen reader, to get the most from your iOS device. And Siri and Dictation help you type, launch apps, and read your calendar. Last but not least is Zoom-a built=in magnifier that works wherever you are in iOS, from Mail and Safari to the Home and Lock Screens; Large Text, where you can increase the font size in your iOS apps up to 56 points; and Invert Colors, where a higher contrast can help you better see what’s on your display.



Freedom Scientific has solutions to help deaf-blind individuals communicate electronically face-to-face and over a distance. We offer two types of communication systems for independent and portable two-way conversations.

The Interpretype Deaf-Blind Communication System is a full-spectrum solution that is easy to use for communicating online and face to face. Users can communicate over a distance using the Internet, or face to face using Bluetooth®.

FaceToFace™ teams up with Bluetooth® connectivity and the PAC Mate™ Omni accessible Pocket PC to create a portable way for deaf-blind individuals to engage in real-time conversations with others - without the need for a specially-trained interpreter.



Updated: Tuesday 30 January 2018
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