The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with coworkers, friends, and family; to celebrate, reminisce, and simply share good conversation. A good conversation may be something you take for granted, but for the 1 in 20 Americans who are currently deaf or hard of hearing, holiday gatherings can pose extra challenges.
That’s why it’s important to learn what you can to help make the holidays a time of cheer for everyone, no matter who they are, or what challenges they may be facing.
With that in mind, this week we’re offering you 10 Tips for Being Deaf Friendly During Holiday Gatherings. These tips will help you better understand what you can do to facilitate better communication, improve conversations, and be more inclusive with hard of hearing or deaf people at any holiday get together.
It doesn’t take a lot to understand what you can do to be better at communicating with the hard of hearing. A better understanding will help reduce any of your own discomfort, so you can be the one to go out of your way to extend your hand in friendship to anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Randy Stein, CEO