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Social-haptic communication in Australia

DBI World Conference 2019
Communications stream: Concurrent session 8B
Presenter: Dennis Adrian Witcombe
Topic: Social-haptic communication in Australia

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Social-haptic communication in Australia

  1. 1. Social-Haptic Communication in Australia Introduction 2011 What I found out and what already is being used. Development and documentation Workshops with Deafblind communities, communication-guides and interpreters.
  2. 2. Finding moments Being faced with situations and quickly finding a use. Dentist I don’t know when the interpreter has left. I’m here and paying attention with a single touch.
  3. 3. Settings so far Social quick messages in the community or at home Theatre, Music, customized symbols, music notation, Body-name-signs Public Speaking Orientation & Mobility
  4. 4. Theatre Mapping Warm up games Movement Environmental changes Music & mood Audience feedback
  5. 5. Music Musical Notation Body-name-signs Get ready , start, fade-out, silence, be still Corrections, sometimes what it is not helps clarify what it is. The music teacher played piano across the shoulders accompanying and for corrections.
  6. 6. Public Speaking Mapping Audience feedback (emotions) Time remaining
  7. 7. Orientation & Mobility Environmental mapping Understanding the O&M language Finding out what can be felt and understood Document and film
  8. 8. Sensitivity Test Two contact points feel like one Different times of the day Different parts of the body Horizontal vs Vertical
  9. 9. Confirmation and Negation Shock Disbelief Amused Excited Bored Impatient Disinterested
  10. 10. Describe a person Male or female Hair Pick one feature Think about touch Adjust pressure
  11. 11. Mapping a room Use both hands to describe the outline of the room Place the person in the room Place rows of seats and aisles on the map Using a reference point from the map e.g. Corner, wall, aisle Place the person in the room
  12. 12. Pick a person Quickly refresh the map Place the person in the map Use the person as a reference point Point out another person