How to Speak to the Deaf

  • Make sure you have eye contact with the person before speaking
  • If there is an interpreter, speak to and look at the deaf person not the interpreter
  • Face the person to whom you are speaking that helps with lip-reading
  • Stand in good lighting and avoid standing so that light is on the face of the Hearing-impaired person
  • Avoid background noise whenever possible
  • Move your mouth to articulate but don’t exaggerate
  • Speak a little louder and slower than normal but don’t shout or drag
  • Keep your hands away from your face and particularly your mouth
  • Use lots of facial expressions and body movements
  • If something is unclear, rather than just repeating the same thing, rephrase thoughts in shorter and simple sentences

via Deaf News Today: How to Speak to the Deaf.

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