Communicating with Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The ability to communicate defines us as human beings and as a society. It forms a foundation for decision making and relationship building. Communicating with deaf or hard of hearing individuals is an achievable goal, even when accommodations (e.g., interpreters) are not present. The tools available to us are considerable and limited only by our desire to communicate and our creativity. This document explains the basics of effective communications with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing.