Lipreading Practice

Dr. King Jordan, the seventh president of Gallaudet University, Washington DC,USA 1988-2006, quoted Frederick Schreibert, saying

"Deaf people can do anything hearing people can, except hear,"

which became the motto of the deaf community.

Quiz: How deaf aware are you???

  1. You are thinking of going out to a restaurant with a friend who is hard of hearing.
    1. Can you think of three ways of making it easier for the person to be in a comfortable environment?
    2. Can you think of three ways that you can help this person to understand you?
  2. You are having some friends to dinner at your house, one of whom is hard of hearing.
    1. Can you think of three ways to help them to feel comfortable?
    2. Can you think of two ways to make the environment easier for them?
    3. Can you think of two ways to make it easier for them to follow the conversation?
  3. You need to have a discussion with a colleague re an important work matter.
    1. Can you think of the best place to hold this meeting?
    2. What else could you do to help the meeting be successful?
  4. You've been asked to accompany a hard of hearing person to a hospital appointment. The surroundings are something that you cannot change.
    1. What can you do to help the person?
    2. What do you need to make sure happens even though you are helping?
  5. There is a person bending down in front of you and despite you asking them to move nothing happens. What is your reaction?
  6. You are out in your car driving along a country lane. Somebody is walking along the road in front of you. How do you react to this?
  7. Despite your very best efforts you cannot make the person understand what you are saying.
    1. What do you do?
    2. Can you think of anything that will help you to communicate in these difficult circumstances?
  8. Why it is not a good idea to shout at a hard of hearing person?
  9. You are preparing for a public meeting and there will be some hard of hearing people in the group.
    1. Can you say what equipment and resources you could provide to make it easier for them?
    2. You are the main speaker – what can you do make it easier for them to follow what you are saying?
  10. Can you give 10 tips to someone who needs to help a hard of hearing person?

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