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Is the Tatum T1 available to purchase?
Currently, the device is not yet available. We’re in the testing phase to ensure it meets our standards of excellence. However, you can stay updated on its progress and future release by signing up for our testing program. By doing so, you’ll receive the latest information and have the opportunity to participate in upcoming testing phases. Feel free to reach out to us directly to stay informed about the device’s release and further testing details.
How do the blind users see the robot?
In the case of users who are both Deaf and blind, they don’t ‘see’ the robot in the traditional sense. Instead, they engage with it by holding onto the robot to perceive its movements and actions through touch. These individuals rely on tactile feedback rather than sight, using their sense of touch to understand and interact with the robot as it moves. It’s a unique approach that emphasizes the importance of tactile communication for individuals with dual sensory impairments.
How much will DeafBlind people have to pay?
The Tatum T1 and future Tatum Robotics products will be of no personal cost to DeafBlind users! iCanConnect, a federally funded program that purchases and distributes DeafBlind assistive technology, will cover the cost and training of the Tatum T1.
How do DeafBlind people learn tactile sign?
For people who are born DeafBlind, they learn tactile sign from birth. This requires specialized instruction from dedicated teachers. For people who are deaf before becoming blind, they must adapt their sign language usage over time to understand it through touch exclusively. These people may be fluent signers, but struggle to understand others as their vision worsens, and thus start using tactile signing.
How many DeafBlind people are there?
About 2% of the population is DeafBlind, and 0.2% of the population is severely DeafBlind. This equates to 2 – 3 million Americans with severe deafblindness, and up to 150 million people worldwide with some form of dual sensory loss.
Do DeafBlind people have jobs?
Yes! DeafBlind people can and do have jobs, get married, raise children, earn degrees, and so much more. While accommodations may be necessary in most of these areas of life, it is important to avoid assumptions that limit the capabilities of the DeafBlind.
How can I Get Involved?
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