Some years ago, I wrote an article telling my readers about my best friend who is a hearing impaired individual. I hope people realize that this new normal carries a tremendous strain, tensity, and exhaustion with this community. A community that often rely on visual to understand what a speaker is saying; Or in order to know what’s going around them. All aren’t like the characters in “The Children Of The Lesser Gods,” expert users of sign language.
Most are lip readers and being in the public in the new normal is particularly taxing for them now that everyone must keep their mouth covered they can’t read people’s lips.
Most deaf or hearing impaired persons are fiercely independent and are having to depend upon family and friends to do things they normally do for themselves. Despite, what’s shown about this community and how well they supposedly cope with this hindrance. Public officials are way behind in providing what they need. Most do not efficient ways to communicate with the public.
Most do not have TTY phones. Most communicate by text and all businesses do not accept text communications. One must call in to order a meal.
My friend said that most are able to function by before hand assumption of a person’s actions. But the guessed assumption can be a miscalculated gesture that may offend some people. When that wasn’t the speaker’s intention at all.
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