anonymous said:

This boy held a door open for me today and I saw he was wearing hearing aids. Since I've never met him before, is it rude or offensive to bring it up or assume he knows sign language and try to have a conversation with him in ASL? I wanted to get your opinion because I know you're HoH and I'm not. Thanks!

hi, thanks for messaging me! it’s awesome that you’re asking someone if you’re not sure instead of risking accidentally being offensive =)

honestly, there are lots of opinions in the Deaf community about this. some people say it’s ok to start signing, and others say it’s not. it really depends on the individual. if you want to be the one to initiate conversation, i would suggest speaking first to him, and if he responds back, ask if he signs and if he would rather communicate via sign or a different medium. it really does depend on the person, i think. like i said, some people become very offended over someone approaching with sign, and others are pretty indifferent.

as long as you show respect and the willingness to try to communicate, no matter the medium, that’s the best you can do =)

Close

Thank you for wearing a white t-shirt, Tom, and thank you for nominating Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans

Close

A BETTER VIEW

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video