10 Tips for speaking with Deaf People

* Make sure you have eye contact with the person before speaking

* If there is an interpreter, speak to and look at the deaf person—not at the interpreter

* Face the person to whom you are speaking (that helps with lip-reading)

* Stand in good lighting and avoid standing so that light is on the face of the deaf person

* Avoid background noise whenever possible

* Move your mouth to articulate your words but don’t exaggerate them

* Speak a little louder and slower than normal—but don’t shout or drag

* Keep your hands away from your face—particularly your mouth

* Use lots of facial expressions and body movements

* If something is unclear, rather than just repeating the same thing, rephrase thoughts in shorter and simple sentences

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