Getting a Deaf person’s attention

Although this seems like common sense, it’s important to reiterate the proper way to get a Deaf person’s attention.  Do NOT: throw things, hit, shove, yell as loud as you can, etc. to get someone’s attention.  Just like with a hearing person, treat them with respect.  All you need to do is a light tap […]

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Do’s and don’ts of passing through a conversation

When two, or more, Deaf people are conversing there are do’s and don’ts regarding how to pass by.  In the examples below, Angela will show you the right and wrong ways to pass by. This is how you should NOT pass through a conversation…     Watch as Angela walks rudely in between Mindy and […]

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What to do when someone is signing too fast

There may be times when you come across a person who signs at a faster speed than you’re use to.  Don’t panic, especially if you’re still learning the language.  Simply ask the person to slow down and remind them that you’re still learning. Watch as Kelly lets Diana know that she is signing too fast […]

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Eye contact in the Deaf Community

Just like in the hearing community, it’s very important to maintain eye contact in conversations.  In the Deaf community, once you break eye contact you are no longer listening to the other person.  This is considered to be rude and disrespectful. Watch how Kelly loses focus and breaks eye contact with Diana during their conversation…

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