DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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Deafblind manual alphabet

A,E,I,O,U

  • A, Touch the tip of your friend's thumb.
  • E, Touch the tip of the index finger.
  • I, Touch the tip of the middle finger.
  • O, Touch the tip of the ring finger.
  • U, Touch the tip of the little finger.

And now for the complete alphabet description

  • A, Touch the tip of your friend's thumb.
  • B, Bunch the tips of your fingers and place them on your friends palm.
  • C, Use your index finger to make a circular movement that starts on the inside of your friend's thumb and ends at the top of their index finger.
  • D, Form a D shape using your thumb and index finger and placing it on your friend's index finger.
  • E, Touch the tip of the index finger.
  • F, Form an F shape using your first two fingers together, place across your friend's index finger.
  • G, Clench your fist and place it on your friend's palm, little finger downside.
  • H, Lay your open hand across your friend's palm and move it over the fingers and off the hand.
  • I, Touch the tip of the middle finger.
  • J, Touch the tip of your friend's middle finger and draw your finger down to the palm and up the thumb. (Think of this as the letter I with a tail).
  • K, Bend your index finger and lay the top half of it against your friend's index finger.
  • L, Just lay your index finger across your friend's palm.
  • M, Lay your first three fingers across your friend's palm.
  • N, Lay your first two fingers across your friend's palm.
  • O, Touch the tip of the ring finger.
  • P, Hold the tip of your friend's index finger between your finger and thumb.
  • Q, Completely circle the base of your friend's thumb with your thumb and index finger.
  • R, Bend your index finger and lay it across your friend's palm.
  • S, Grasp your friend's little finger with your index finger.
  • T, Touch the edge of your friend's palm, at the side away from the thumb.
  • U, Touch the tip of the little finger.
  • V, Make a V shape with your first two fingers and lay it on your friend's palm.
  • W, Grasp the upper edge of your friend's fingers, bending your fingers around them.
  • X, Make a cross by laying your index finger over the top of your friend's index finger.
  • Y, Place your index finger in the joint between your friend's thumb and index finger.
  • Z, Either: place your finger tips against your friend's palm. Or place the outer edge of your hand across your friend's palm.