To learn about the difference communication methods, one online service called “The Better Connect Academy” offers a one-hour virtual course. I had the chance to take this class. Here’s my review.
Many of us in the deaf and hard of hearing community often strongly wish that the hearing world had just the smallest awareness of how to communicate with us. Hearing people might think they don’t have enough time or money to take a class or that they don’t come into contact with us very often. But these are misconceptions.
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There are actually a lot of incredibly useful tools and resources in which you can gain more awareness and better communicate with the community without spending a lot of time and money. Additionally, you really never know just when you might come in contact with someone with hearing loss – whether professionally or personally. There’s a lot more of us out there than it can appear. Having even a basic understanding of our community, culture, and communication not only means the world to us but also leads to less frustration, more effective communication, and increased acceptance.
The Better Connect Academy founded by Jean (John) Nalbantian has a basic, online, one-hour, affordable course for hearing people to learn how to communicate with people who have hearing loss. The course also helps businesses achieve ADA compliance.
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As someone who is hard of hearing and has lived in a hearing world my entire life, the course covered a lot of important topics. Here are some highlights:
I can’t emphasize how impactful it is for hearing people to gain an understanding of how to communicate with us. When we come across someone in the hearing world, we cannot express our gratitude enough; as we are so accustomed to being chronically misunderstood or invisible.
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Taking the time such as through taking this one hour course can be life changing for so many. You may not initially think it can be useful to you but when you’re in the situation of communicating with someone with hearing loss, you’ll be so glad you did. The truth is, even the smallest sprinkle of awareness goes a long way. You don’t need to be fluent in sign language or know everything about Deaf culture to communicate with us; you just have to have patience and give us a chance.
We’re trying hard to understand and communicate with you just as much as you are. If you’re interested in taking this course or having your employees take it, visit TheBetterConnectAcademy.com.