Canaan Barrie On-Body Signing

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

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.

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.