Thursday, July 19, 2018

This is a growing concern: The challenge of communicating when it is a second language

As a vision-impaired person it is always doubly difficult whenever I need to communicate with someone whose second language is English.  I think that it is difficult for all of us, the communicator and the communicatee.

We find it difficult to understand each other and it only makes things more challenging because I cannot read facial expression, am unable to communicate visually, and then there is the additional barrier of various cultures who are not used to interacting with persons who have a disability. 

There is no fast and hard solution for this except to continue to persist and build awareness. In addition, to find ways to better understand each other.

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