Inclusive Communication

On-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with complex needs and vision impairment. The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh developed a form of on-body signing called the Canaan Barrie Sign Vocabulary.

Canaan Barrie on-body signing is a technique used to communicate with people with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI). Watch the video for an introduction to the concepts behind the Canaan Barrie sign vocabulary.

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

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs for people and places.

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs for Food and Drink.

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs for Concepts.

Watch video demonstrations of the Canaan Barrie on-body signs for the weather.

Watched the videos? Test your knowledge of the Canaan Barrie on-body sign system in our quiz.

Developed by Louisa Leslie (Music Teacher), Heather Robertson (Speech & Language Therapist) and Laverne Edmonds (Speech and Language Therapy Assistant)

An introduction to Song Signifiers with video clips of eight Song Signifiers used at the Royal Blind School. Learn what Song Signifiers are and how to use them with young people with vision impairment and complex needs.