Deaf Awareness Week 2012 starts tomorrow. Have a look at the tips, links and videos I posted last year.

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Deaf Awareness Week 2011 is from Monday 2nd May – Sunday 8th May.

I work as a BSL communicator and have currently been working in the educational sector. I come across staff and students who are unsure of how to use a communicator to converse with a deaf person so here are a few tips:

  • Always involve the deaf person and talk directly to them. This may feel a bit strange as the deaf person may be watching the communicator for the signed translation of what you are saying.
  • Don’t say to the communicator “tell her…” it should be a three-way conversation, it does require some patience but stick with it.
  • Speak clearly and at a normal pace. Speaking too slowly or exaggerating will distort your lip patterns, making you more difficult to lipread.
  • Speak in full sentences. BSL has a different grammatical structure from English so the whole sentence…

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