Do Learn To Communicate With Deaf Co-Workers!

by Diane

(Texas, USA)

I have known a few people that were deaf over the years and have enjoyed learning enough sign language to communicate. The best experience I have had was a co-worker that was deaf and had the best sense of humor ever! He brought me a postcard-size card with the alphabet in sign in case we got stuck and/or had to spell things. This was great, since he kept me laughing all the time at work! If I hadn’t made a little effort to learn signs than I would have definitely missed out on a lot of fun!

Don’t be afraid to try to communicate in sign even if you aren’t very good at it! It is worth the effort.

Comments for Do Learn To Communicate With Deaf Co-Workers!

Jul 20, 2011

Afraid of embarrassing myself.

by: Anonymous

I’ve always been interested in communicating with ASL, but as with other languages I’ve tried, I am afraid of messing up and frustrating the person I am trying to communicate with. I am afraid of messing up and embarrassing myself to the point of being made fun of for trying to learn this language. Can you tell me that deaf people really don’t mind my feeble attempt at ASL?

Nov 13, 2009

Thank you!

by: Michelle Jay

Thank you so much for sharing! What a great story and a fantastic point!

A lot of people don’t take the time to learn sign language to talk to co-workers. This is such a great “do” of Deaf Culture because in Deaf Culture, it’s more accepted to sign (or attempt to) than it is to use other methods (like writing back and forth). If you show an effort, it really does go along with the behaviors of Deaf Culture 🙂


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