Debra (a female with short brown hair, purple glasses, dangling earrings, a black shirt) sits in front of a green background and signs into the camera.
Hello everyone! My name is Debra Kahn. I am DeafBlind. I live in Seattle, Washington. I’ve worked as the SSP Coordinator for the DeafBlind Service Center for the past two and a half years. I’ve personally received benefit from using PTASL when teaching, giving presentations, or training new SSPs. When I am presenting at a workshop, a PSSP stands beside me and provides access to the visual information that is going on around me in PTASL. For example, if there are hands raised in the audience, or other visual or environmental information that I might have otherwise missed, the PSSP provides that information to me in PTASL, tactually on my body. When I am in the middle of a conversation and another person approaches and touches my shoulder to indicate that they are there, I have the opportunity to check in to see who is joining the conversation and wants my attention. Maybe that person’s emotions come out through the use of facial expressions, laughter, a wide smile, or some other visual means. I am able to capture that information visually, but if I was fully blind, how would I be able to tell what the other person’s affect was or catch the other visual cues to know how the person was feeling. PTASL is the answer. It is the ultimate means to ensure full access to information. It really is slick. #WhyISignPTASL
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