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How Do Deaf And Blind People Communicate? ft. Molly Burke


[INTRO] So, hello, as you may notice, I am in a completely different area and I actually have
somebody with me today. This is Molly, Molly Burke, she
has her own YouTube channel. She is a blind YouTuber and she
makes videos similar to mine except about, you know, her being blind, and we had e-mailed each other
a couple of months earlier, and then we officially met at VidCon, since we were both on the
Disabilities on YouTube panel. Two different ones, but here we are. We just finished up another
interview and, hello. Hi. So today we’re gonna make two videos. On my channel, we are going
to be talking about how deaf and blind people communicate. If you know who Tommy Edison is, he is also a blind YouTuber, and I notice in the comments he’s always getting questions that say, how do you
communicate with deaf people? Like, what is this thing, this
can’t possibly happen, right. And so I thought while we
were coming up with ideas, I said, well, we could talk
about this on my channel. And then, what are we gonna
talk about on your channel? On my channel, we’re
gonna do kind of like a deaf versus blind, so,
obviously Rikki grew up deaf, I grew up blind, so
we’re gonna talk about… Sorry, what? Did you, are you deaf? (laughter) Did you not catch that? Communication issues already, apparently. But yeah, so how growing up deaf affected education and relationships and then how growing up blind affected education and relationships
and that kind of stuff. Yeah, so definitely, you know,
go check out her channel after you watch this video
and, since Molly is my guest, you can go on and tell them
how I, as a mostly oral, for the most part, you
know, repeating myself here, person would communicate with you, and then, in general, like say deaf people who were voice off. Right. Well, so, basically,
you can probably tell that Rikki and I are
communicating just fine and we have our whole friendship. She talks to me, I talk back to her, I just make sure that
I’m speaking at a volume that’s good enough for
her to be able to hear me. And then she just
speaks and obviously I can hear her, but of course,
then there’s situations where people would not be
able to speak like Rikki, and in that case, we
would have somebody like an interpreter kind
of be our go-between, so be able to communicate
what I’m saying to Rikki, and then what Rikki
is saying to me, we can do things like
Rikki typing something out on an iPad, and then
I turn Voiceover on and Voiceover can read it out to me. So I feel like people often
think that just, like, we just can’t be friends, there’s no way deaf and
blind people can be friends. We’re enemies! Yeah, we all hate each other, I mean blind people are
better, so, there’s that, but, I mean, that doesn’t
mean I don’t accept you as a friend in my life. So there is ways
that we can be friends, that we can communicate. Like, we’re typically 700
miles away from each other, so we’d be talking
online for the most part. Twitter and e-mail, so obviously
that’s fully accessible. Oh wait, yep, blind people
don’t use the internet. No, we can’t use technology,
we can’t use, no. You just sit in a hole all day. It’s true, yep, there is that. You poor thing. It’s difficult. It’s a tough life. Well, why don’t you, you know
probably more about like, the touch ASL than I would. Right, right, tactile
ASL, that is for people who are deaf-blind,
like, say, Helen Keller. And I actually have, my
friend Abby who is deaf-blind. She has some vision left,
but for the most part she uses a mixture of sign language and she’s been learning tactile ASL. James Rath, who was part of
the Disabilities on YouTube panel as well, he’s learning tactile, so basically it’s like, I don’t, I’ve never had real experience with it, but I know it’s like, if I were
to have your hand right now, like say, like if I was doing A, B, C. And I heard there’s like,
kind of, you almost like. I’m not really sure. Yeah, I heard there’s
like, points on the hand, and like, this means E, and this means O, and so you like, kind of
like, move around with your fingers squeezing
different parts of the hand. We could look that up later. I think that’s really cool. And then also, I mean, I
know like, very basic ASL, like hi, my name, so like,
I could always communicate with somebody, just
because I can’t see doesn’t mean I can’t
learn ASL and communicate with somebody who’s deaf, and
again, you could just either say it out loud to me, your answers. So there’s so many different
options of ways to communicate. And then, like I said,
there’s always somebody who can be the in-between for us. That reminds me of JD
Dalton, who is also blind and was also on the panel. He was actually on the panel
with me on the first day. So many blind people on
the panel, oh my God, we were a little
over-represented, I will say. Yeah, I talked to Ally about it, and hopefully, you know, next year. It’ll be a little more
diverse with the disabilities. And yeah, so JD Dalton,
he has low vision, I don’t think he’s 100% blind? No, he has low vision. So he and I actually used
some ASL like during the panel when Tommy was talking, and I’m like, could you let me know
when Tommy’s done, ’cause the CART would be, which is a live captioner, by the way, it’s like a five second delay,
sort of thing, depending. So I was just like, hey, you know, JD, let me know when he’s finished, and he signed right back. So, yeah, for me,
obviously, you know me, I grew up mainstream,
so I’m mostly oral, so she’s talking to me, and
we actually have a notebook that’s over there if somebody
wants to pass that over. So, like I said, you know,
interpreter, so like, thank you. So if she’s talking to me
out loud with her voice, there are a couple of
times when I’m like, okay, what is she saying? You probably won’t see
that in this video, or in the interview
that we did, too much, because it’s all edited,
like, that’s a thing, you should know that by
now, we edit things out. We edit YouTube videos. Everybody’s always like, wait, but she understood you
perfectly, like, no. You just don’t see the
moments when we stop and I repeat what I said to her. Exactly, so like, say,
at VidCon, for example, when we were at parties,
like the Maker party, it was very, very dark outside,
a lot of people, very noisy. And Tommy was talking to
me so I would have Ben, who was with him, he would
be typing on the phone or sometimes Tommy, he’s
pretty, he enunciates very well and he talks very loudly,
his voice is very powerful. So if he’s loud enough, he
can probably yell into my ear. Always ask permission to
do that first, you know, don’t randomly go up
to a deaf person. You don’t want me to do this? Well, because I like
you, you’re fine, but if you’re a random
stranger, you know, you’re probably gonna
get punched in the face. Maybe, I don’t know. Yeah, so, you know,
interpreters, you know, sign language, it’s visual,
or a CART, a live captioner, you know, we’ll pretend
this is an iPad right now, so like I have a CART, a live
captioner with me, behind me, in front of me, and you know,
they type out everything that’s being said. ASL interpreter, you know,
they talk, sign, and if I’m signing, you
know, they talk to you. Or, you know, iPad, whatever. And during the interview
we had stuff written down, you know, simple, pen and paper. What else? I’ve actually had, like,
I’m a motivational speaker, that’s my full-time job,
and I’ve actually had quite a few speeches where
I’ve had a deaf audience member, so I’ll have somebody doing
ASL standing beside me onstage so that the
person in the audience… Which I think is so cool,
like I’m telling my story about being blind, and
then the deaf person is sitting there, hearing
it, so it’s so interesting. And also, you know, if I
were to type on the iPad, then she would use, I guess Siri? Voiceover. Voiceover to read out to her. She reads into the Voiceover
and writes down on the thing and then I can read it. It’s very, very simple,
like, people think that there’s absolutely no
way that we can communicate with each other and just
like, no, there’s ways. It’s possible to be friends. I know! We’re smart cookies, we can
figure it out eventually. You know, it’s not that difficult. Maybe at first it’s kind of like, oh shoot, like if we
just met each other, then we’d be like,
trying to work it out. But give us 10 minutes and
we’ll figure it out, you know? We figured it out. Yeah, so, I guess
that’s pretty much it. I think we might’ve
covered everything. All the options. Yeah, I mean, if
we forgotten anything, leave like information in the info box or like make a still,
you know, write it down, but I think we’re good. Yeah, I think we covered it all. If you know any other options, comment down below and let us know. Yeah, everybody’s different and we have different experiences, and you know, whatnot. So yeah, make sure that you
check out Molly’s channel. Go to her video,
it will be captioned, so you know, for
my viewers that are deaf, you’ll be able to have
access to that video. And that’s pretty much it. We will see you later. Come join my family, bye! [POKEMON OUTRO]

100 Replies to “How Do Deaf And Blind People Communicate? ft. Molly Burke”

  • ASL is cool 'cos it's one-handed, but i recently started learning BSL and although two-handed i find it easier, i got hand-strain with ASL. Wish there was a widely-used Universal Sign Language, annoying that there isn't.

  • Omg molly sometimes you amaze me and I can't tell that you're blind like I literally forgot when you started doing sign language I was like well ya why wouldn't you know how to do that

  • Before I started watching this video in my opinion I thought the communicate by molly hearing her talk and rikki to see her by reading her lips.

  • I have to ask just cuz it really confused me but at 5:28 it looked like Molly tracked the person handing the notebook over to Rikki. I love Molly, she’s funny and loved watching her with Shane, so NO SHADE! Am I just trippin? Or was that possible to see the exchange with her light perception?

  • i dated a deaf guy when i was 17. (10years ago)he was actually my first love and to this day the number one question I get is "how did you have sex" lol like they think you can't have sex unless both people can hear. this is kind of random but the stuff you said about people thinking its impossible for death and blind people to communicate made me think of it.

  • Firstly I just found you though Molly and I think your amazing, definitely going to go sub, I love to learn about how people with difficultys adapt to things, it's very interesting to me and I like to be well educated 🙂 and secondly I actually appreciate captions so much in videos I'm not deaf I have had many tests to see if I am I actually have sensory issues because I'm autistic so sometimes sounds are too loud and I have to turn all volume down or off and put sound blockers in my ears or somtimes sound is very quite and I know it's rude to keep turning volume up and I don't always have earphones so reading text on the screen has come in handy so much on YouTube and Netflix ect…. Just wish real life had subtitles now haha especially at work 😂

  • Hey! I know this is probably completely off topic and strange because I’m a stranger that has no connection to you and you have no idea who I even am lol but I found you from Molly’s channel and 1 just wanted to say you’re awesome and 2 just wanted to say I’m from NC and right down the street from the Morganton School for the Deaf (I went to Burke Middle College High School which is located on WPCCs campus) and thought it was awesome that you’re an amazing YouTuber from around these parts! Lol again I know this comment is weird but I just wanted to say it. ☺️❤️

  • I GOT SOME BEEF with the fly in the background, like really fly, thats so rude! They are trying to do this amazing collab and you are just flying around… how rude

  • I'm in 6th grade and at my school we do a wax museum every year and when it was my turn to pick I got Helen Keller who is such an inspiration to me and people in the blind-deaf community.

  • 3:51 I’m pretty sure what you’re talking about is the British Sign Language alphabet in tactile form 😁

  • I watched cause of molly, but within seconds I was like"oh she speaks" without trying to be rude. I just knew that meant she wasn't fully deaf. So if she reads Molly's lips while listening to what she's saying and just answer her back like my biological father did that's 1 way they could communicate.

  • Communicating with both of them at the same time would be hard XD
    Edit: I want to be their friends ^^

  • I know you guys can use all the technology and interpritors but how were you communicating when you were sitting there cause it doesint look like there's an interpritor so can you read lips is what I'm asking I guess

  • She is blind, but if there she a shadow in a window see can see the form of it, but since she was not born with it she can get it fixed
    Edit~ but it will be a lot of money

  • I am deaf on left ear. And I hate when I tell new people that and the start yelling in my ear. I am not 100% deaf on my left ear.
    It’s like some letters I don’t hear.

  • Not until today did i realise how grateful and lucky i am , i have no disablities , alergies etc. Wow! , i sort of feel guilty x

  • Tactile ASL also quite useful for doing private conversations when two deaf people dont want to have a conversation for all to see. My cousins do that frequently.

  • It took me a while to figure out what ASL stands for but I’d really want to learn American Sign Language 🤟🏻 ♥️

  • Wait I forgot to comment on Molly's video because I cam from there first but Deaf dogs like dogs for the deaf actually bring the owner to the phone when it's ring or the fire alarm or tell them who's talking to them they do certain movements to the owner to see who's talking and if the have a baby they will walk them over to the baby stuff like that

  • When I was younger I thought up a story where there where three friends one blind one deaf one mute but I didn't know anything about being deaf/blind/mute so I never wrote it but the idea is that they would help eachother communicate with eachother like the blind person would say something and the mute person would sign it to the deaf person then the deaf person could say something if they can talk to or use tactful sign to reply

  • I can barely go 5 minutes without talking how do you go your whole life without speaking? I'm talking about Helen Keller I don't exactly remember if she spoke

  • I was wondering how she manages to have a normal volume. Its amazing when she cant hear. You are both amazing people. thumbs up.

  • I don't really know about deaf people but, if you can hear someone if they yell in your ear, why don't you get a hearing aid? that should enhance your hearing…. right?

  • I'm curious about your deafness, cause you can understand some of what Molly is saying, so I'm wondering if you're for example laying to go to sleep, do you hear any of that white background noise in the silence or is it nothing? Just curious, thank you! This video was very eye opening c:

  • Molly: "the asl interpreter will be standing next to me on stage"
    Me: "wow that must be distracting af"
    Me a full minute later: remembers molly cant see the interpreter

  • Thank you so much! I've done burlesque shows in DC that provided ASL interpretation… Unfortunately the troupe is on hiatus at the moment, but I've never seen it anywhere else. Either way, this video inspires me to keep looking for ways to make more performances and services accessible to as many different people as possible.

  • Dude, what? Literally nobody is saying "deaf and blind people can't be friends or communicate!!!" they just wonder and ask HOW which is a reasonable question

  • I know ASL cause I have seizures and when I come out of my seizures I can't talk and I am blind and how I communicate with being blind and I have to do ASL sometimes is I put my hands on the person I am going to be ASL to and I ASL on them asking for what I need tell I can talk again then when I start talking again I don't use ASL and I use my stick to feel where I am going

  • My grandmother was legally blind and my step grandfather was hard of hearing they used to say that he was her eyes and she was his ears 😃

  • This is the video that I found both Rikki and Molly from months ago, and I'm so glad I did. It's so important to be well-educated in topics that may not impact you as a person, but will definitely impact others

  • when I worked at WalMart I had 2 def coworkers, luckily I had taught
    myself the ABCs of ASL when I was a teen so I was able to (slowly) talk
    to them. And whenever a customer would get frustrated with them the
    girls would walk them over to me (I worked the phones so they always
    knew where I was lol) because I was one of the very few ppl that worked
    there that was willing to help them with anything they asked me to.

  • you maybe asking whats the Point. Molly Hears what she was saying while Rikki was basing on Mollys Mouth.

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  • I never understood the question cuz wond'nt de blind girl do sing languge and the deaf girl speak ? Maybe if the deaf girl coud'nt speak the question would make sens …. Anyways I love both of them !

  • My sons blind this is so interesting for me. I'd always wondered if I lost my hearing how things would work out. Thank you I'm a sub from molly who just found you on her channel and subbed 💕

  • Hi Rikki, I think people ask that question relating more to communication between the Profoundly deaf & without speech (such as my Daborah) and the completely blind not.

    Deb and I relied on ASL to communicate but what if I was to lose my sight? How hard would that be to communicate then?

  • When the title said “how deaf and blind people communicate” I thought it meant like how a both deaf & blind person communicates with others than I realised it was molly Burke… okay bye leaving

  • Lip reading is a fantastic option too. If the deaf person in question can read lips they’d save a lot of time. 🙂

  • If anyone is deaf I I recommend going on a Disney cruise, disney is as a whole accepting and I have seen the ASL interpreters at every play the deaf people attended.

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