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: 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.