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Alternative Tactile Communication Program

Research study from Brazil on Alternative Tactile Communication for students with visual impairments


By Flavia Moreira

I am a teacher at the Benjamin Constant Institute (Rio de Janeiro / Brazil), a centenary school, initially intended to serve people with visual impairments. Over the years the profile of students has changed a lot and we have started to receive students with other disabilities associated with visual impairment and with communication difficulties. For this reason, I carried out my doctoral research at the State University of Rio de Janeiro and developed an alternative tactile communication program (PACT) to help my students to communicate better. I traveled to Texas and spent 3 days at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impairment (TSBVI) learning about the use of tactile symbols.

What is the Alternative Tactile Communication Program (PACT)?

My doctoral research was a study with a quasi-experimental design intersubject with the intention of creating a program based on the association of gestures, objects and tactile symbols. Therefore, PACT is an evidence-based practice with positive results achieved by [...]

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