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DeafBlind Interpreting Module 2: The Seven Principles of Protactile Language - 12/30/2019

This online module outlines core principles of protactile communication. It also provides some background about how these principles were developed and how they are intended to be used as an educational resource. Videos and text descriptions are provided to illustrate proper application of the principles. This module is meant to pair with the recently published document, Protactile Principles.
According to Jelica Nuccio and aj granda, "Protactile philosophy has grown out of the realization that DeafBlind people’s intuitions about tactile communication are stronger than the intuitions sighted people have. This realization has changed the way we communicate with each other, the way we work with interpreters, and more generally, the way we live. We call this way of life and the principles and practices that shape it, 'protactile.' Protactile has been growing slowly in our community and as that has happened, we have developed a framework for sharing that knowledge."
This framework has come out of a decade of experience Nuccio and granda have had as teachers and their cultural understanding of the evolution of the protactile movement. This content is meant to provide a basic foundation for future modules that will explore more about the linguistic evolution of this emerging language. 
Module #2 Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast three linguistic and cultural value differences between protactile language and visual ASL
  • List the seven principles of protactile language
  • Apply three of the principles of protactile language
  • Define a "PT Zone"
  • Compare and contrast the differences in ASL and PT role shifts, point-to-point, and emphasis and emotion.
  • Demonstrate an example of five out of seven of the principles.


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