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Deaf Culture

by Lydia Miller

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Deaf Culture
It is customary to attract a deaf person's attention through touch, turning the lights on and off, or through vibration such as slapping a table they are sitting at. It may feel counterintuitive, but it is not considered offensive. It is, however, offensive to clap or snap in their face.
Not all deaf people are comfortable with using their voice. Some may be skilled at speaking, others not, but it is never appropriate to expect a deaf person to use their voice. It is their choice.
If you must pass between people having a conversation in sign language, it is more distracting to crouch while you walk than to simply pass through
When you are stationary, in the direct line of view of people trying to communicate with sign language, (such as when sitting at a desk) it is customary to lean out of the way.
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