NEW LANGUAGE HAS ROOTS IN OREGON SCHOO (DeafBlind)

January 20, 2022

There’s a new language for the DeafBlind called Protactile
There are approximately 45,000-50,000 people in the U.S. who are DeafBlind, with 11,000 of them under the age of 21. While American Sign Language (ASL) depends on visually seen movements of the hands, body, and facial expressions, those who are also deaf have needed interpreters.
Protactile, is a language that uses the grammar of touch.

Jelica Nuccio recently moved to Monmouth, Oregon, where Western Oregon University (W.O.U.) received a grant for $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help train Protactile Language Interpreters.

For more information, visit website and video: http://www.protactile.org/