Canaan Barrie On-Body Signing

An adult does the Good sign in front of a pupil

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called Canaan Barrie.

A woman taps her chin with fist and second fingers. The sign for Afternoon.Afternoon: Tap chin twice with fist and second fingers

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs in the Core Vocabulary.

A woman taps the side of her neck to show the sign for Doctor.Doctor: Tap side of neck twice

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs for People and Places.

A teacher gives feedback to a pupil on their assignment

A visual impairment may affect communication skills in a number of ways. This resource will provide you with some strategies to use when communicating with someone who is blind or partially sighted.