Hey I was wondering if you could help me with something. I took 2 or 3 years of sign language through a program at my high school and through CC. Now I'm a server and occasionally I get a D/deaf person at my table. I've lost some of my proficiency but I can still communicate decently. If the Deaf person has a hearing person who signs with them should I let that hearing person interpert for me or do you think it'd be okay if I signed to them? I don't want to offend anyone. Thanks:) love your page
Honestly, we prefer the server to communicate with us and not rely on another ‘hearing’ person. You are asking (example) me the order NOT my friend. it’s yours and mine conversation. We honestly, appreciate people trying their best to communicate with us and not looking/depending on another person. I get so annoyed that once someone figure outs there a hearing person, that server/person(insert job position here) will depend on the hearing individual who CAN speak. It makes the conversation so isolating and kind of rude.
I get excited when I find someone who knows the basics of signs. Even please/thank-you/water and other signs/vocabulary connected to your working environment.
If you don’t know a sign, Fingerspell it and we will happily show you it. But don’t FS E-v-e-r-y S-i-n-g-l-e W-o-r-d… not helpful. Don’t know a sign, point to the picture or FS (in this particular scenario)