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  • Writer's pictureMickey Carolan

5 Easy Ways to Improve Deaf Accessibility

Good Morning My Friends,

Global Accessibility Awareness Day is today, May 16th, 2024. While I wouldn't call myself an accessibility expert, I can certainly be an ally. Growing up with Deaf parents has given me some valuable insights, which I'd love to share with you today!

Here are five easy ways to improve accessibility for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people:

Tip #1: Caption Everything!

We all enjoy videos, but captions are essential for Deaf viewers. Whether it's social media, presentations, or virtual events, turn on those captions! Luckily, most platforms make it easy these days.

In my book, Mom Dad Not Hear, there's a whole chapter dedicated to the power of captions. Once you experience the benefits for everyone, you won't go back!

Tip #2: Think Beyond Sound: Visualize Information

When sharing information, use visual aids like infographics, images, and clear text. This ensures everyone understands the message, not just those who rely on sound.

Audio transcripts are another crucial element. It's concerning that a popular streaming service recently placed them behind a paywall. Transcripts should be readily available for podcasts and presentations.

Tip #3: Get Sign Savvy! Make Sign Language a Fun and Functional Tool

Learning basic signs like "hello," "thank you," and "bathroom" can go a long way. There are tons of free online resources and apps to help you get started. Plus, it's a fun way to connect with people in a new way!

Embrace Deaf Culture: Learning sign language goes beyond memorizing gestures. Explore Deaf culture, watch movies with sign language interpretation, and support Deaf artists and businesses.

Tip #4: Light Up Accessibility

Good lighting is crucial for Deaf people who rely on lip reading and sign language. Whether it's a restaurant conversation or a meeting, ensure there's enough light for clear facial expressions and signs.

This tip resonates deeply with me right now. Due to my mother's age and declining eyesight, proper lighting is essential for our family. If we're in dim light, she can't see us sign clearly.

Tip #5: Be a Patient Partner

Sometimes communication takes a little longer. Be patient, write things down if needed, and don't hesitate to ask clarifying questions.

My mother always carries a pen and paper in her purse. It's a reminder of the importance of clear communication, a story I love to tell in Mom Dad Not Hear.

Remember, even small changes can make a big difference. Let's work together to create a more inclusive world!

What are your thoughts? Share your accessibility tips in the comments!


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