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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!)

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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

Language headcanons 

Charlie is terrible with languages - he’d tried to pick up several over the years, especially when he lived in Eastern Europe, but to no avail. 

WSL - Wizarding Sign Language - was adapted as a more reserved form of regular BSL by a deaf Ravenclaw who kept triggering accidental magic with the excited movements of her hands. 

Sybil Trelawney was born speaking Ancient Greek. No one knows why. It was hardly the thing that scared her parents the most.

Ron has an unexpected knack for languages, and after the Parseltounge incident during the Battle of Hogwarts, Hermione encourages him to explore it. He picks up French and German without a hitch (although he can’t spell for shit in either), and learned Giant Language on a whim to make Ginny laugh. All three come in handy as an Auror. 

Fleur takes great pride in being bilingual. She thinks about her history in French and her future in English. 

Snape writes up all his formal calculations, experiments, and new Potions recipes in Latin. It narrows down the amount of people who can read it, and comes in useful to recite in his head while practicing Occulemency. 

Hermione kept up her study of Ancient Runes after leaving Hogwarts - partly because she loved the way it made everything simple and clean, just tracing the power words hold, and partly because it made her indispensable at the Ministry. Most of the best Runologists of the generation had taken a side during the war that made them no longer welcome in polite company. 

Harry Potter Headcanon

Hc: Harry is Hard of Hearing. It was caused by the sounds of too many curse blasts so close to him or something (I don’t really care what made him HoH, or if he was born with it).
St. Mungo’s can’t reverse the hearing loss, and Harry gets muggle hearing aids to help compensate.
But they don’t perfectly correct hearing even when they’re not being interfered with by magic, so he still has a hard time communicating, especially in noisy places. He started learning BSL (British sign language), but since all of his friends were hearing, nobody knew he had acquired the skill.
Until he starts working on a case in the Auror department.

Him and Draco are partners (Draco joined as a big fuck you to his father), and they go to question a witness to the crime, but they’re d/Deaf. When the two realize, Draco is about to start signing with the witness (bc Malfoys always learn an obscene number of languages), but Harry beats him to it. Draco sees how easy Harry is communicating and asks him later. Harry confesses that he’s hard of hearing, and so Draco makes it a point to communicate using sign in noisy environments, and in the field when they need to be quiet.