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    How To: Approach A Deaf Person

    Deaf people don't bite! Here are a few tips to help you break through those pesky language and cultural barriers and make some new deaf acquaintances.

    DO: Smile!

    DO: Make eye contact and be sincere

    DO: Ask the best way to communicate

    DO: Be Patient

    DO: Expect physical contact

    DON'T: Be shy!

    The truth is, deaf people often spend their lives being overlooked and avoided. When you make an effort to welcome deaf people into a hearing space-- when you make an effort to actually engage a deaf person in conversation-- you break down one more little piece of the communication barrier that keeps us all apart.