Deaf Awareness Tips
- April 26, 2016
- Posted by: Cassandra Topp
- Category: News
Communicating with a Deaf Person
Some Deaf people speak and some use sign language and some use both.
- Get their attention. Try waving or tapping their shoulder.
- Speak clearly and naturally. Not too slowly or too loudly and with your mouth uncovered. If possible, stand with your face to the light.
- Face them when you’re talking. Make sure they can see your mouth and face clearly.
- Use your hands. Point at what you’re talking about.
- Use visual cues. Don’t be shy about using gestures to support your communication.
- Don’t give up. If one method doesn’t work, improvise! You can try texting on your phone or writing a message down.
A Deaf Persons Perspective
- “Im not ignoring you” – I didn’t know you were talking to me.
- “I may not speak” as either I only use British Sign Language or I don’t understand you or I’m nervous.
- “I’m not shouting at you” – this is my voice.
- “I may be staring at your face” as I’m trying to read your lips.
- “Im Deaf NOT stupid.” Please treat me equally.