Who do you think are more harder to teach... a blind person or a deaf one?

@Jhordie (5115)
Philippines
May 22, 2009 2:08pm CST
I am a future SPED teacher but just started taking up some units in my Masters of Arts in Education major in Special Education... so still I am in a lil bit confused of what I might be facing in this new field (because I am a Nurse) . Anuway, in your opinion, who are more harder to teach a blind or a deaf? Pls explain why did you say so. Thank you for at least reading this
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22 responses
• United States
22 May 09
Harder? For me it would be the blind. you have to describe everything so they can understand it. If they had sight and then lost it, that would be a little easier but if they never had use of their eyes, trying to describe things the way we usually do wouldn't work.a blue shirt wouldn't mean anything to a blind person unless they know blue.I know a few words in sign language and I can spell too so dealing with the blind would be easier for me.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
What if the person was born blind... would you still say they are easier to teach? What would be your answer then... thanks for sharing your insights here
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• United States
2 Jun 09
Most of the examples Iwould use are visual.If a person has never seen the blue of the sunrise,it would be harder. While if they were born deaf,then i can at least spell things out withsign language.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Does it mean... your answer would be a DEAF person??? :)
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@larish (2193)
• Philippines
23 May 09
Deaf. I don't know how to do sign language so I think I cannot teach someone if we have communication barrier. With a blind person, I can easily describe the things I see so that he can vision it in his mind. I can taught him the things he wants to know easily.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
possible but how can you gauge if the blind person can understand you and visually imagine what you are describing especially if they had no chance of seeing such thing since birth?
@larish (2193)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
I understand you but how can I teach a deaf person if I don't know how to use sign language? I will be lucky if this deaf knows how to lip read. I also believe that blind people can use other senses better than the normal individual. Visually I cannot teach them but letting them touch things can progress learning. Example: I will let him eat and touch an apple and not just describe it as a red fruit because he wouldn't know what is color red. Happy myloting.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
I got your point there... but deaf can be taught to read written words and it can even make the conversation a lil bit more easier plus as you have said most of them knows how to lip read which is also a PLUS! But as you said... the blind person's senses works more than an ordinary person does... and evenr through youch he/she can learn new things by means of the experience he/she had
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
22 May 09
I use to work with a woman that was deaf. She seemed to do really well. I have never really dealt to much with blind people well accept a cousin of mine that was born blind. She has done really well. She can see light and shadows and she is also a teacher. I'm not really sure who would be harder to teach. It seemed like when i worked with that woman that was deaf there wasn't a problem we got along really well. It's hard for me to choose which would be harder to teach.
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
I understand why you are confused because you never had a chance of teaching a blind person just yet.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
2 Jun 09
No I haven't that is true. I did work with the deaf woman though for over a year. We were pretty good friends.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Good thing you have enjoyed being with a deaf person whom you had a chance to be a friend also. :)
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
22 May 09
I think it is very hard to teach the blind because they can't see things and you need to guide them on everything unlike Deaf they can them visually. Deaf people can be independent on learning unlike in Blind people they need guidance in teaching and moving around. I think the important things you need to have is patience because they are challenging students to teach.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
patience is a key tool for a SPED teacher to be successful on this field... a very special field of education... but love should be above it, i guess
• United States
22 May 09
I think that it would be harder to teach a blind person because if your deaf, you can still see; but if you're blind then you can still hear. Signlanguage is easier to teach a deaf person than to teach a blind person to see with touch. When you're deaf signlanguage is speaking outloud for that person. I imagen it would be easier to do that than to have to learn to use touch for just about everything. -Kaitlyn
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
there is really a great way to communicate with a deaf person through sign language but a blind person only through braile which can't be seen by the blind person but only feel... so how can you describe a color to a blind person who cant see it.
@jellymonty (2354)
22 May 09
Well I am not very talented in teaching but if I had to choose I would say a deaf person would be easier to teach than a blind person because with a deaf person you can always write stuff down and they can read and give you a thumbs up if they understood and well if you know sign language then that would also be a bonus as communication is easier. Were as a blind person, you basically have to add additional teaching materials. I mean you have to visually decribe everything and lets just say its twice the job teaching a blind person than a deaf person. Congrats on your education.. all the best with it...
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
very true.... especially if the blind person never had a chance to see even for a second... then itll be so difficult to describe anything under or over the sun... i mean everything I guess
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
22 May 09
Hi there Jhordie. I am glad to see a topic that i can answer :D All your talks about that contest that i know nothing about made me worry that i won't be able to answer your topics anymore, but here I am :D Well let's see now, the blind people or the deaf people ... well i guess it depends on how motivated the person is first of all as both have the solution to learn... be it through sounds (for the blind) or through images (for the deaf). I really can't say which one is easier to teach, but i know that cooperation is the key to succes.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
Really true my dear friend... it will all depend on how motivated our students would be. Never think of that to be honest... just now, after reading your response. But if we say both of them are equally motivated... who do you think would be easier to teach? Hope to hear your answer here cause I do miss your responses my dear friend. And I am so sorry for the previous discussions. :(
@diamania (7028)
• Netherlands
22 May 09
I'm 100% sure a deaf one is easier to teach things to as long as he/she knows sign language. The difference between deaf and blind persons is of course that the blind one can't see and a deaf one can't hear anything and that's were the string lies... you can show deaf people things and explain them things through vision and sign language whilst you can't tell a blind one how you look like nor let him feel how you look like. :)
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
I have to agree with you... it is difficult to teach the blind child than a deaf one. Thanks for sharing it to me
• United States
24 May 09
Jhordie, Both have incredible difficulties in learning. I taught the deaf at one time, and it was frustrating when they didn't want to do something -- they would just close their eyes! Whichever you choose will surely be very gratifying, and both are wonderful goals. Good luck with whichever you choose.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I am willing to teach children both normal and those who are special...whatever difficulties or disabilities they have. Hope I will be able to do that. And I pray for that.
• United States
8 Jun 09
Jhordie- I KNOW you'll do it, and very successfully. You have a heart greater than the obstacles. Even after all these years, I have some special kids in each class I teach. Those who make the assignments know I love and respect them, regardless of handicaps or challenges. They'll see this in you, too. Joanne
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
you know what... YOU ARE ONE OF MY IDOL! and I hope to be... if not the same at least near to be like you! There are only 2 kinds of teacher that kids would remember: A BAD one and A LOVED one... and obviously I want to be the later one. :)
@pickoy (733)
• Philippines
23 May 09
I have a classmate in college in review class for Accountancy CPA Board Exams and she's deaf. Isn't that remarkable... Its easier to teach a deaf person coz there are a lot of ways to communicate things to her like sign language. Teaching someone visually is much easier and more comprehensive than letting a person just hear things through instructions. Even the simplest instructions can't be followed really well by a normal person with sight and sense of hearing but if you show him how to do it, no words can suffice. With a blind person, its quite limited even though he can hear, coz first, he can't recognize color, he can't definitely drive all by himself, even if he learned this stuff he can't do things on his own... He can learn how to type but he'll never know what's in his email coz he can't touch it to recognize the letters. More opportunities are provided for deaf people than on the blind ones coz the former are found to be more useful and productive.
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
What more can I add to that! Just wait my dear friend... if nobody can top that... surely YOURS is the BEST here!
@pickoy (733)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
Thanks Jhordie. I love that classmate of mine, she failed the board exams three times but she keeps trying no matter how hard it is. She's reviewing again. Now she's working as a volunteer to teach other deaf people to learn sign language... See how wonderful life is for some people. She learned sign language and now she's sharing her skill to her fellows. I believe the best thing about her is her support group. She have wonderful friends that keeps supporting her and loving family who never let her down. They gave her a bright future and a sense of belonging and usefulness. In someway she knows that she matters to her own friends who are physically challenge like her. I'm sorry that I can't share anything about the blind ones, but when I met one someday, maybe I could come back to this discussion and share it as well.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
You DESERVE that! And I would definitely agree with you that support group would help any person with disabilities cope with their shortcomings whatever it is. Hope to read more responses from you my dear friend!
@celticeagle (123506)
• Boise, Idaho
23 May 09
A deaf one. You have to teach them the process and how to say all of it as well. The blind person just can't see. [That didn't sound good did it?] I think that deaf people would have a harder time. You would really have to share the whole history of the situation with them as well. I am not sure of the new technology or anything. Maybe it is easier now days.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
You got a nice point there... there are so many things to teach a deaf person first like the SIGN language and all the others that comes with it... but once they mastered it, everything will be breeze and easy. Unlike a blind person who will never see what you are trying to tell them.
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@celticeagle (123506)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Jun 09
Ya, it is a sort of weird situation. Both have their draw backs. I would get so very frustrated being either one. Wouldn't you?
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
me too... definitely!
@rosedust82 (2070)
• Philippines
9 Jun 09
Hi jhordie... I'd think it would be harder to teach a blind person especially if that person has been blind since birth. I think it would be really hard to teach them how things around us would look like just by using words. Makes me think of the question we would ask people during their interview--"How would you describe a sunrise to a blind person"... Some of them have come up with pretty interesting ideas. On the other hand, a deaf person, I believe, would be easier to see because you can always point things out and use sign language to let them know about other things.
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
9 Jun 09
very clever way of analyzing the difference between a blind and a deaf student in order for them to understand watever is being taught to them
@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
9 Jun 09
Hi Jhordie, I think it would be more difficult to teach a blind person considering that they cannot see. Although a deaf person cannot hear, he can see and by seeing things it is easier to comprehend. I am not sure of this since this is assessment is just based on my opinion.
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
9 Jun 09
And your opinon is the same as most of the pipz here... and even the same as what my professor taught us. KUDOS to you my new found friend... and whatever answer you have... I will respect that for sure!
• United States
25 May 09
Although I think teaching both would be a challenge, I think I would have more difficulties teaching a deaf person. I am NOT good at sign language, and I've been told that I can't mouth words very well, so we would have a lot of problems communicating.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I see... as if you are teaching a blind kid as well.
@rymebristol (1787)
• Philippines
24 May 09
a blind person i think would be the hardest to teach teach. a blind person has no communication problem at all, he can speak normally like everyone of us, he can listen efficiently like we do, but the thing is even we explain and teach some things on him, we surely going to have a problem on the application of the things that we are teaching him. he can't see things like we do and the is the deal.
@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
Indeed a VERY BIG deal... like for example driving a car... they can learn the principles behind it but can they actually apply it? That is a BIG question?!
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
24 May 09
U are wrong.. Both the blind and deaf are actually easiest to teach as compared to ple whom are see and hear ^_^ Because what we hear is always different from what we hear, and upon that, we are even more confused by facts ^_^ But for ple whom are either blind or deaf, they can only believe in whatever they hear, or see.. There's no arguement upon that ^_^ hehe ^_^ BUt as for real teachings, u have to put yourself in their shoes and go out of your usual routine, buy not mentioning see or hear.. THough it's hard, but once u succeed in that, it's all worth the effort ^_^
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
Why YES you are right... Normal ones tends to become more difficult to teach than those who have some disabilities. KUDOS to you my twin bro!
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
23 May 09
It depends what you are trying to teach and on the individual. Some people learn by seeing and if they are blind - that is a problem, some by hearing and if they are deaf it is a problem. It will also depend on their attitude, previous training, their families attitude. There is no blanket answer to this.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I understand why you said that... because it all depends on the person who are trying to teach and everthing around them.
@aikhong (661)
• Malaysia
23 May 09
Hi, i didn't have much knowledge of matters regarding blind or deaf people. Anyway, i've been a teacher and also tutor before (with normal students however) and i know, teaching is not an easy job to do. Moreover it's teaching blind or deaf people. In my opinion, i think it is harder to teach a blind person than a deaf one. For a blind person, it is harder to show him how things looks like, and he has to figure it out by himself by touching and feeling it, and he sees nothing but all blackout. Besides he has to learn the special language for blind people, which not much people knows it. So, it will take longer time to teach blind people. As for a deaf person, although he can't hear and speak, but he is still able to see things and feel it. This will surely make his learning faster. In communication aspects, we can communicate with deaf people with sign language and also by writing words. So communication will still be not a big problem for both teacher and the learner.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
Definitely true... everything will be easier when it comes to communicating with a deaf child than a blind one.
@bhabytart (1116)
• Philippines
23 May 09
hmmmm..... i haven't teach a blind or deaf(special child only but part time) but i like to study sign language.....i think blind person is harder to teach.they cant lip read, they focus on hearing and their sense of touch. when they memorize a place you should move or change it at once.... but if you have a keen sense of touch then it would be easy for you.... this is only my opinion... good luck future teacher!!!!
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I really need that luck but more so THE BLESSING from above especially the patience I will badly need... And I do agree with everything you've mentioned here. I do appreciate your nice response my dear friend. :)
• Malta
23 May 09
Good luck in your studies. I admire you that you are taking such an interest in special education. In my opinion, they are completely different disabilities and have to be tackled individually and I couldn't even compare them. People with hear loss have a great advantage: they can see and some of them can make sounds as well. Sign language is very useful to communicate and maybe they can even draw (if you are in a one to one teaching situation). Also, they can lip read which will have to make you stay always in a face to face situation and not turning your back in a classroom setting. I mean if you have a deaf person, you cannot talk facing the wall or a white board. On the other hand, people who cannot see can't make the best out of the visual cues that you can give to the deaf ones. However, there other senses like smelling and hearing more developed and they will notice if a person has entered the room maybe by their perfume and the rusting of they will be very perceptive of the voices around them. Also they can learn both Braille and the Morse code to communicate. There are sites online with audio books that can help them like for example librivox.
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@Jhordie (5115)
• Philippines
7 Jun 09
I do appreciate you tackling both cases and you gave me sound advices which would definitely help me in my future career... is thank you enough to show my sincere appreciation? I hope so