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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/15 9:50 PM 
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Tips for Talking with the Hard-of-Hearing

  • Face the person who is hard-of-hearing directly, on the same level, whenever possible.
  • See that the light is shining on the speaker's face, not in the eyes of the person who is hard-of-hearing.
  • Be aware of the possible distortion of sound for the person who is hard-of-hearing. The person may hear you but still have difficulty understanding some words.
  • Do not talk from another room; if you must, make sure the person has heard you call; tell the person who you are.
  • Remember that everyone hears less and undertands less when they are tired or ill.
  • Speak in a normal fashion without shouting or elaborately mouthing words. Words spoken a bit more slowly, not run together too rapidly, are clearer than those which are shouted and exaggerated.
  • Keep your hands away from your face while talking. If you are eating, chewing, smoking, etc, while talking, your speech will be more difficult to understand.
  • If a person has difficulty understanding a particular phrase or word, find a different way of saying the same thing rather than repeating the original words over and over.
  • Avoid talking too rapidly or using sentences which are too complex and go on too long. Slow down; pause between sentences or phrases; wait to make sure you have been understood before continuing.
  • If you are giving specific information, such as time or place, be sure it is repeated back to you by the person who is hard-of-hearing. Many numbers and words sound alike!
  • Avoid sudden change of topic. If the subject has been changed, tell the person who is hard-of-hearing, "We are talking about ________ now."
  • The hard-of-hearing person may be sensitive to loud sounds, even though the individual does not hear faint ones. This reduced tolerance for loud sound is often associated with being hard-of-hearing.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center
4110 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43214


Removing Barriers: Tips and Strategies to Promote Successful Communication
"This guide focuses on ways to effectively communicate and interact with people with disabilities by providing information and tips that can be incorporated in the workplace as well as in other activities of daily community living. Most of the recommendations are low- or no-cost approaches that would be easy to implement in a variety of settings including government, non profits, advocacy agencies, private businesses, the general public and the media."


Disability Etiquette Handbook
The City of San Antonio, Texas, Planning Department and the Disability Advisory Committee have prepared this Disability Etiquette Handbook to enhance the opportunities for persons with disabilities to pursue their careers and independent lifestyles. The handbook includes information on etiquette for greeting and assisting a person with a disability, interviewing technique etiquette, conversational etiquette, and tips on effective communication.



  • Edited February 7, 2015 9:58 pm  by  EdGlaze
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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/15 9:50 PM 
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Sign Language

Contrary to popular belief, sign language is not international.

Fingerspelling is used in sign languages, mostly for proper names, although it is merely one tool among many. In the past, the use of fingerspelling in sign languages was taken as one of the evidences that sign languages are just broken or simplified versions of spoken languages. To say that a signed language is not a true language because it uses fingerspelling is akin to saying that English is not a true language because it contains onomatopoeicwords. Fingerspelling can sometimes be a source of new signs. Signs which have evolved from fingerspelling are called lexicalized signs.

On the whole, sign languages are independent of spoken languages and they follow their own developmental paths. For example, British Sign Languageand American Sign Language are different and mutually unintelligible (other than iconic signs), even though the hearing people of Britain and America share the same spoken language.

Sign languages are not often written; most deaf people who use sign language read and write the spoken language of their country.

There are also a large number of less formally organised but still widely understood gesticulations and mimes.

These range from expressing universal needs such as pointing to the mouth or rubbing the stomach to indicate a desire for food, to more insultinggestures such as the one-finger salute. It should be noted that not only do these not form a coherent language but their meaning may vary from culture to culture.

Contemporary Local Sign Languages

Contemporary Pan-National Sign Languages


From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/15 9:51 PM 
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A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms

    Here are a few American Sign Language terms to help those of you who are trying to communicate with a person who signs, but does not hear.New word definitions are being added, and this will soon bring the total number of ASL terms to more than 1270!   Also included is the basicalphabet and numbers 1-10
    This dictionary has both animated and text definitions. The text definitions also have letter or number sign images to aid in visualizing the sign. This will allow you to quickly locate a word, read how to sign the word, and choose to view the animated sign if you wish. 
    The sign images are displayed from the perspective of the viewer, not the signer. It is easy to remember this if you imagine that someone is signing to you while you are viewing the word definitions. 
    In Sign Language, facial expression including the raising or lowering of the eyebrows while signing, and body language are integral parts of communicating. These actions help give meaning to what is being signed, much like vocal tones and inflections give meaning to spoken words.

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