National Deaf Children’s Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity for deaf children. Here for every deaf child who needs them – no matter what their level or type of deafness, or how they communicate. They provide expert support and campaign for deaf children’s rights so they have the same opportunities as everyone else.
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Tips for deaf-friendly
Here are some simple tips to help you start a conversation with a deaf person:
How does the deaf person prefer to communicate?
Not all deaf people use British Sign Language (BSL). Some use speech, BSL or both. Ask if they need any communication support, and if so, find out what type and what level.
Get the deaf person’s attention
Try waving or tapping their shoulder lightly. Things will be easier if you can reduce background noise, but if you’re struggling, try writing or typing it instead.
Show your face
Make sure you’re visible and well-lit. Covering your mouth, eating or moving around whilst talking can make lip-reading difficult.
Deaf people may lip-read, so remember to speak clearly, pronounce properly and not to shout. Speak at a normal pace, and try not to exaggerate as that can be more difficult to understand.