Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Not as difficult: Communicating with a deaf person


As a vision impaired person, I can honestly say that the challenges of communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing are very different and somewhat challenging. I'd like to say that, for me, it is being able to develop different ways to communicate and once you get the hang of things, it is not as difficult as one may think.

Just think of it as cultivating more patience and coming up with creative ways to communicate more effectively.

So here are my observations as I continue to communicate with my mom who now wears hearing aids and is so much more involved whenever communication is in progress.
Speak more clearly.
Maybe speak a bit more slowly.
Try not to mumble.
Face the person when speaking with them.
Going closer to the person certainly helps.
Keep telling them that they are doing well!
Keep encouraging them!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advisor, wishing you a terrific day!

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