Re: help with a new potential sailor
Try contacting Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) at http://www.crabsailing.org/
. They're a non-profit whose mission is "making the thrill of sailing a reality for physically challenged individuals".
They may already have members who are blind and/or hearing impaired who could give you some advice even if you're not local to the Chesapeake Bay.
Best of luck,
95 Catalina 30 Island Time
“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau