NTID Center on Access Technology (CAT) presents
Communication Challenges from the Perspective
of a Deaf-Blind Person
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
78-2230/2240 (CIMS Building)
Dr. Satoshi Fukushima
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
The University of Tokyo
Dr. Satoshi Fukushima lost his sight at the age of nine and became totally deaf at the age of 18. He currently is a deaf-blind researcher at the University of Tokyo focusing on social and psychological aspects of deaf-blind persons.
In 1987 he became the first deaf-blind person in Japan to graduate from college and in 2001 he became the first deaf-blind professor at Tokyo University. In 2008 he became the first deaf-blind person in Japan to obtain a doctorate.
He is able to communicate using “finger-Braille”, a communication method developed by his mother. “Finger-Braille” is now being used by other deaf-blind persons in Japan.
He will discuss his life experiences, the development of the “finger-Braille” system, and the significance of human communication and possibilities of communication potential from the perspective of a deaf-blind person.
A discussion session will occur at the same location from 2:30-3:30pm.
Access Services have been requested
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Contact Bill Clymer at ew****@ri*.edu if you have any questions
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)