For most #Deaf people, communicating on a one-to-one level is much easier than i

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For most #Deaf people, communicating on a one-to-one level is much easier than in a group situation. If you find yourself in a group situation with a Deaf participant, inform the participant about the subject of the conversation. If the subject is changed suddenly, try to alert the Deaf participant. The reason for this is that even though some Deaf people can lipread very well, lip readers can understand only about 35% of what is being said. The rest of the unknown words (unknown words are words which they did not manage to lip read) are pure guesswork. Being aware of the subject being discussed helps with the guesswork. Once they know the topic, it is easier for them to follow your conversation. Otherwise, if they are not aware that the subject was changed, they will not be able to follow your conversation. They may also say something relevant to the previous subject and irrelevant to the new subject. This can be very awkward. It is OK to ask Deaf participants if they are understanding what is being said and to repeat it if necessary.


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