How to meet a deaf person
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Making Deaf Friends and Building Relationships
You see someone signing and you squeal to yourself "it's a Deaf person! What does that matter? Don't get me wrong! They're Deaf, that's pretty sweet. But it frightens me when I hear people say things like this: "oh they're Deaf, I'm gonna go say something to them," or "I learned the alphabet when I was a kid, I should go tell them my name.
Deaf people are very social, but do you want people to come up to you and say, "hey! I speak English too! Let's talk for no good reason! I started learning ASL at a young age and have been involved in the Deaf community since then I'm getting old so that's a long time.
These are things I've seen hearing people do and Deaf people make fun of and complain about. Don't shout. They can't hear, right? So why would you speaking louder make them suddenly be able to hear? Don't over-enunciate or speak slower.
Don't talk to the interpreter or hearing person that may be with them. Say I know sign language and then flip them off. That's lame. Say I know sign language and then flap your arms around like a fool. That's hilarious. Do that so they can laugh at you. Not with you. At you. Don't ask them how they get through life with their disability. They're not disabled. Just ask them. Know you'll be around a Deaf person? Don't keep the lights low or have flickering lights.
Learning ASL? Don't have crazy designs or bright nail polish on. It's super distracting. Like talking to someone with food in their mouth, or a booger hanging out of their nose.
Also, don't have a busy pattern on your shirt. Ouchie on the eyes. Just a hint - they are being sarcastic. Don't talk to them like they're unintelligent.
They speak a different language that's the only difference in their mental ability. Do you assume someone from Spain or Japan is unintelligent just because they speak a different language? No, you don't. At least you shouldn't. Don't cover your mouth and then ask if they can hear you. Are you 5? Apologies to 5-year-olds. Don't ask them to read someone's lips for you. What are they saying? Tell me, tell me!! You could totally eavesdrop on people! If you know ASL don't just butt in on their conversation.
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7 top tips for communicating with deaf people.
You see someone signing and you squeal to yourself "it's a Deaf person! What does that matter? Don't get me wrong!
Here you can find those who share your values and life experiences, friendship and possibly love. You can talk with new and old friends about deaf or ASL issues, relationships, cultures, religions, work, sports, lives and more. And develop relationships that can last a lifetime. Popular forum for the deaf and hard of hearing.
By Belinda G. Vicars, MA In a thread today, we were discussing interaction with the Deaf. I want to expand a little bit on that. Be forewarned, this article is long. Please note, however, that this is just one perspective, and what I have to say, is not necessarily the RULE. Multiple points of view from various native Deaf is always a good idea. And what I have to say is not meant to discourage you from interacting with the Deaf, but rather to consider the time and place, and whether or not you are ready. Here's the deal: You are just learning sign language and barely know the alphabet, do NOT head out to the next Deaf event and sit down at the table with the a bunch of Deaf people and start fingerspelling your name at a snail pace. It's painful. It's like sticking a needle in my eye.
Never Do or Say These Things
They need to see you. If you can, always go with the first option. That way you can look them in the eye—eye contact is super important—and signal your interest in saying something. Eye contact also ensures that you have their attention. Never wave your hand in front of their face!
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Tips for Communicating with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People
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Deafness is a fact of many people's lives -more than 28 million Americans have some form of hearing loss. Like their hearing counterparts, deaf used here, the word 'deaf includes all ranges of hearing impairment, from mild to profound. For a more complete definition see the 'vocabulary' section. Most deaf people don't view their deafness as a disability or as a problem that should be fixed. For many of them, it's a natural part of a cultural experience that they share with friends, both deaf and hearing.