Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thirdly, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person you have to learn to use your ears (or eyes, as to a Deaf person cannot hear). Yes, watch what you say BUT guard your heart.
Fourthly, before you can build a bridge of communication with a Deaf person you have to use sign language, using words properly.
Below is what each letter in "LISTEN" means:
L - Look at Deaf people (keep your eyes on them).
I - (show) Interest in deaf people.
S - Stop what else you are doing (don't be distracted by other things, this will frustrate them).
T - Think about what Deaf people are saying (take your time to understand them).
E - Empathize with Deaf people (show that you care and that you're there to help them).
N - Notice body language (body language is very important in reading the feelings of others; Deaf people cannot hear your "tone" so instead they look at your body language).