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.

In this resource you will find video clips demonstrating the individual signs in the Canaan Barrie Sign System.

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.