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How to ... with someone who is Deaf / Hard of Hearing (HoH)

Communicate with a Deaf/HoH Person

DO:

Ask them their preferred method of communicating (paper & pen, voiced, Sign language)

Don’t:

Assume just because they’re d/Deaf/HoH that they all know Sign Language.

DO:

Face them when speaking as most d/Deaf/HoH lip read. Body language/facial expression is important too.

Don’t:

Face away, cover mouth, exaggerate on lip movement, chew while talking.

DO:

Talk to them normally, just like anyone else. We are normal human beings, we just can’t hear.

Don’t:
YELL, Talk slow with exaggerating lip movements, as if they are ‘stupid’

DO:

If they ask you to repeat, do so. If they ask from a specific point, don’t repeat the entire sentence, just from the current point on.

Don’t:

say “Never mind” “I’ll tell you later” or ignore them when they ask to repeat. We want to be engaged in the conversation too. Saying “Never mind” is like a swear word to the d/Deaf/HoH Community.

Get Their Attention:

DO:

tapping their shoulder, move hand slightly in their vision view, stomp ground, tap table, or flash light (most common in group setting)

Don’t:

Shake them madly, wave your hands wildly in their vision view, or flicker lights rapidly.

Deaf and Hard Of Hearing People are just like everyone else, we just can’t hear. We are capable of doing anything/everything a hearing person can. 

To say there is no worth in learning a language that isn’t economically useful is like saying there’s no point in being friends with somebody unless they’re going to help you get a better job. It’s a spectacular, cynical miss of the point.
— 

Rhona NicDhùghaill, “Don’t Neglect the UK’s Indigenous Languages

The whole article is great, but this quote is especially stellar. 

12 Reasons To Learn (American) Sign Language

1. Easily communicate UNDERWATER

2. You can talk when your MOUTH is FULL

3. Understand and help end AUDISM

4. Speak right through a CLOSED WINDOW and still be understood.

5. Talk across a CROWDED ROOM without yelling

6. Quietly chat at the MOVIES without being rude

7. Learn a language that’s UNIQUE VISUAL SPATIAL & GESTURAL

8. COUNT to TEN and HIGHER on just ONE hand

9 It’s a 3D language - 3D GLASSES NOT NEEDED

10. Satisfy your FOREIGN LANGUAGE requirement 

11 It will never be TOO LOUD or TOO QUIET to sign to someone

12 Get to know some wonderful people in the DEAF COMMUNITY (Possibly the best reason of all!)

Tips for learning a sign language
  • Sign languages aren’t a weird choice, regardless of what some people might tell you. Don’t feel bad for learning it.
  • Youtube has many videos that teach you a lot of stuff, use YT when you look for tutorials.
  • There are a handful of apps that can teach you basic stuff. Check them out.
  • Try to watch more videos when you learn a sign language since you can’t see clearly the movement in books.
  • Facial expressions determine the mood of the conversation. Pay attention to it.
  • Real life situations will help you learn faster, try to make a friend who knows or learns the same sign language.
  • If no one near you learns a sign language, find someone online and talk on skype.
  • Practice daily, remember that if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
  • Try to find a dictionary online.
  • If you’re lucky, buy a book with stories from a bookstore.
  • When you practice fingerspelling, practice with sentences, not individual letters.
  • Learn how to pause properly. 
  • Practice in the mirror so you can analyze your movements.
  • When you walk around, fingerspell what you see. In this way your hand gets used to the spelling of the words.
  • Review what you have studied daily.
  • Decide what hand you should use, don’t switch them unless it’s necessary.
  • If you don’t know something, ask someone who knows.
  • Learn and use basic signs. If you learn the first 100-300 basic signs you will be able to communicate with others.
  • Master your hand position. You don’t want to swear at someone instead of saying “Hello”.
  • Take a class. Sign languages require more human interaction than when you try to learn French, Spanish etc. These languages can be taught online without a teacher but not sign languages. 
  • Don’t give up if you have a hard time. Give yourself time.
  • When you don’t know the sign for a word, fingerspell it.
  • If you just started learning, don’t rush. Take your time to sign/spell everything. Some people might be able to sign fast, but they have experience.
  • Challenge yourself. After you have mastered the basics, try some advanced vocab.
  • Pay attention to what videos you choose. Many beginners make videos so mistakes may appear in them. Choose a channel that’s recommended by many people.
  • Try to attend some events where you can talk to deaf people. The more you talk, the more things you’ll learn.
  • When you watch videos, try to copy-cat what those people say; practice in front of a mirror and correct your movements if necessary.
  • Don’t get lazy or you’ll forget everything.
  • Try to convince a friend to learn with you so you will have with who to practice if you don’t have around anyone who knows a sign language.
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Deaf Awareness Week is upon us here in the UK! :D These pictures highlight the importance of lip-reading for Deaf and hard of hearing people all over the world…

We hate it when people mumble

we hate it when people cover their mouths

we hate it when people shout thinking we’ll hear better

we hate it when more than one person speak to us at the same time

we hate it when people do speak clearly….

BUT we do love it when people make the effort to talk clearly to us :)

Happy Deaf Awareness week!!

xx

Deafies, we need to talk.

 There has truly never been a time where I thought I’d lecture some in my own community, but we have a problem among us.  I love scrolling through various deaf tags on Tumblr, it’s where I can actually find a large family of people, not just dogs, or TV shows, but lately, under these tags, I’ve seen a few posts of 

We need to protest hearies not using Closed Captions on their videos by not putting them on ours when we use [your specific] sign language.”

Do you guys realize that that does far more harm than good? You’re not only prohibiting hearies from our community, you’re prohibiting our very own community. 

Do you know how many deafies are raised in hearing families? 

How many were kept from their own culture?

How many weren’t allowed to learn sign language?

How many want to learn more about themselves, after all of these years?

How many want to find others like them?  

How many hearies, as opposed to deafies, do you think actively search out for our videos? 

Approximately 10% of d/Deah/HOH are born into deaf families.

We cannot exclude the other 90%. We cannot let someone feel like they don’t fit in on either side. It’s our job to end language deprivation. It’s our job to make our deprived feel loved and welcomed.

Why do I love Pit Bulls? Maybe it’s that big, beautiful head, just begging to be rubbed. Maybe it’s those soulful eyes, leading me straight into a wounded heart. Maybe it’s that childlike spirit… full of innocence and hope… despite the harsh realities of the world. Maybe it’s that joyful smile, saying to the critics: “I know you think I’m mean. I know you don’t trust me. But even though you hate me… I still love you.”

Maybe it’s the loyalty… the unwavering devotion in the face of cruelty, neglect, and abuse. Maybe it’s the fact that this very loyalty… this precious gift of allegiance…
is exploited every day by evil humans with sadistic motivations.

Maybe it’s the undying will to please their master, the drive for praise at any cost, or the endless desire for compassion of any kind. Maybe that’s what makes them so special…

Maybe it’s the love… the love that waits… often for an entire lifetime… to be given. The love that dies… in the dogfighting ring… on the end of a chain… or at the pound. The love wasted, the lives forsaken, the beauty forgotten… Maybe that’s what I see in them…

Maybe it’s because the media has inaccurately and wrongfully demonized one of the most loving, loyal, and incredible breeds on Earth—the Pit Bull. Maybe it’s because the public believes these mistruths and joins in the bashing. Maybe it’s because Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) has enacted laws banning these amazing creatures… laws that seek to destroy every last living, breathing Pit Bull in America. Maybe it’s because, for the lucky few Pit Bulls in loving homes, BSL rips them away from their families and sentences them to death. Maybe it’s because these precious souls can’t understand why this is happening to them… as they cry out for their families, just before they are killed…
Maybe that’s why I fight for them…

Maybe it’s because Pit Bulls are the most abused breed in existence… and the most highly euthanized breed in shelters. Maybe it’s because, in many American shelters, strict policies prohibit the adoption of bully breeds, eliminating all hope for these dogs. Maybe it’s because, even when given the chance for a family, no one wants to adopt them. Maybe it’s the heartbreak of knowing, that after a lifetime of suffering… and then being dumped at the pound, their only way out… their only chance for mercy… is death. Maybe that’s why I care so much…

Maybe it’s because, even in no-kill shelters, Pit Bulls often spend their entire lives waiting for someone to take them home. Maybe it’s because, for so many, that adoption day will never come. Maybe it’s because, while waiting on that unlikely chance for a family, many of these dogs will slowly lose their minds living in a tiny shelter kennel. Maybe it’s because, due to the stress of shelter confinement and the lack of socialization, their already small chances of adoption are soon reduced to no chance at all of ever getting out. Maybe it’s because, for bully breeds, the never-ending dream of having a family of their own… is only a dream…

After weeks, months, and years of waiting in a shelter for a family who will never come for them, all hope turns to despair… all desire turns to depression… all joy turns to anguish. Across the country, millions of these beautiful, amazing dogs are simply living each day… waiting to die.

So why do I rescue Pit Bulls? Maybe my drive to save them is because I’ve never known a breed more deserving of life. Maybe my will to help them is because they have no other hope. Maybe my advocacy for the breed stems from my desire to fight injustice… to right the wrongs and stand up for the victims.

Maybe it’s the fact that 2 of the most incredible dogs I have ever known are my children, Rudy and Riley (below), both Pit Bulls. Maybe it’s because many of my amazing rescue babies are Pit Bulls. Maybe it’s because I would do anything for my children, because my children would do anything for me. Maybe it’s because they have no reason to trust me, or anyone for that matter, and yet… they do. Maybe it’s because they have no reason to forgive, and yet, they have.

Maybe my love for them is a reflection of their love for me… unconditional, unwavering, and infinite. Maybe I want to change the world for them… to end the unspeakable suffering… to tell them that they matter… and to return the love they so freely and unselfishly give. Maybe it’s because I realize that I possess the power to do all of these things. Maybe it’s because I know that can use my life to fix this for them.


And maybe, just maybe, you will join me…


By Ashley Owen Hill,
Founder of Lucky Dog Rescue

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Friends I need some help!!!

Castle Rock (my city) is considering lifting the BSL and are basically gathering people’s opinions this week, and so I’m going to write a letter to the city council about why they should lift it. Soooo… if you have any sources on why BSL is unnecessary/ineffective then pleeease send me some! I would love to help with lifting it in at least my little town. And please share/reblog to get this around to as many people as possible. Thanks everyone!

Tagging some popular blogs: @apbt @pulldogs @pawsitivelypowerful @pantsthepuppy @bigpointyears @salty-sighthound @dogsbecausedogs @noodle-dragon @quichehound @why-animals-do-the-thing @spartathesheltie @spanishmal @6woofs

Thank you SO much for anyone that has any advice/info or shares this, I appreciate it so much!