Monthly Archives: February 2013

13 Basic Communication Tips for Interacting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

1. Never do anything from behind without letting the person know that you are present. If they are situated away from you, tap their shoulder lightly to get their attention. Never walk up directly behind the Deaf individual. Try to … Continue reading

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3 Forms of Sign Language: ASL vs. PSE vs. SEE

There are three major forms of Sign Language currently used in the United States: American Sign (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Signed Exact English (SEE). American Sign Language (ASL) ASL is used by many deaf in the United States, … Continue reading

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Stereotypes and Misconceptions about Deafness

1. All deaf people sign The ability and desire to sign is also different from person to person. It all depends how the individual was raised and whether or not they were ever encouraged/discouraged to sign. It’s about preference and … Continue reading

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Deaf Culture: The Basics

What is it? Deaf culture as defined by Dr. Barbara Kannapell (deaf professor at Gallaudet University): a set of learned behaviors and perceptions that shape the values and norms of deaf people based on their shared or common experiences. Deaf … Continue reading

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What is ASL? Where did it come from?

What is ASL? ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is a visual language, rather than a spoken language. With signing, the brain processes language through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial … Continue reading

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Introduction to Signs of Life–ASL

Hey everyone! This blog was created to better help to bridge the gap between the Deaf World and the Hearing World. Through written word and video, it is my hope to increase knowledge and understanding of sign language and deaf … Continue reading

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