Welcome to our social-haptic dictionary!
Here you can find haptic signals to communicate better with a deafblind person. Haptic signals can also be useful to blind people and people with low vision, to the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as to people with speech disorders and minimal communication skills.
Haptic signals (or haptices) are touch based messages that can be drawn on the person’s body mostly on the back, the arm, and the knee.
Social-haptic communication does not substitute the person’s preferred communication method, it rather adds more information to it.
In this dictionary you can find a selection of haptic signals known to be used in Estonia, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. If you cannot find a signal in your own language, you can use the existing ones as inspiration.
Recommendations for use:
Big thanks to Riitta Lahtinen and Russ Palmer for their contribution to the project.
More information can be found here:
Russ Palmer and Riitta Lahtinen: https://www.russpalmer.com/social-haptic-communication
Hapti-Co Norway: https://hapti-co.com/english.html
The Danish Deafblind Association: https://www.fddb.dk/media/141088/haptic-signals-139-new-and-known-signals-english.pdf
The Finnish Deafblind association: https://kuurosokeat.fi/palvelut/kommunikaatiopalvelut/sosiaalihaptinen-kommunikaatio/
The Swedish Deafblind Association: https://nkcdb.se/stod-till-professionella/kommunikation/socialhaptiska-signaler/
A video about social-haptic communication (Norway, Hapti-Co): https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&feature=share&v=O9OZXwEBcWo