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For ASL Students and Signers


When learning to sign, and interacting with the Deaf community, here are some suggestions for appropriate manners and respectful, positive interactions:


To view this information in ASL see:


Deaf zones are Signing zones

When a Deaf person is in the room, you need to be signing.  When chatting directly with a D/HH person, turn off your voice when signing to produce clear ASL discourse.


Facilitating lip-reading

If a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person asks you to move your lips, mouth the words as you sign, or use your voice, accommodate that request.  S/he may understand you better by lip-reading.


Respect Conversational Space

When two people are signing, it is polite to walk around them and not walk through their conversation.  If you must walk thru because your way is blocked, walk through quickly without making eye contact. You can also sign “excuse me” as you pass through.


Initiating conversation

To get someone’s attention, you can wave discreetly or tap him/her on the shoulder or arm, or tap your foot in his/her line of vision.  You may observe a classroom teacher or presenter flick the lights in a room to get the group’s attention.


Interaction vs. Intrusion

Part of your course requirements may be to attend local Deaf community events. When attending, be considerate as a guest at a Deaf function. The D/HH folks are usually very patient and accommodating of new signers.  However, try to be respectful of their time socializing.  Many times they don’t have a lot of chances to get together so when they do, it is precious socializing time.  Don’t monopolize someone too long.  Maybe 10 minutes and then let the person resume chating with his/her friends.  You can observe politely and make notes on questions to ask your ASL instructor at a later time.  Be mindful that you are there to learn, but not take away from the Deaf/HH community's freedom to socialize together.


One-on-one time

If you want to have a longer time with someone, you can make an appointment.


Exchanging notes

You can write back and forth, if necessary.  If you find you are writing back and forth a lot, it’s time to practice your ASL more so that you can interact without too much writing back and forth.


Respect native ASL users

When you are corrected by a D/HH person, accept his/her feedback graciously.  Make a mental note and discuss it with your ASL instructor.  Honor the Deaf/HH’s authority on their language and culture.


Enjoy the journey,

learning a new language and culture!


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