People who know me know that I love communication. I love the way that communication can break down barriers between people, whether that be within a small circle of friends, or between people who are countries, continents or worlds apart from one another. It’s for that reason I am studying modern foreign languages. It’s for that reason I am a teacher of English in Germany.
But one of the things that has left me wondering is the world’s general reliance on communication through hearing and speaking. Yes, these three forms of communication form the basis of how we keep in touch with one another daily. I am not for a minute going to say that we don’t need all of these forms of communication.
But, the fact remains, communication through speech, whether intentionally or not, can serve to lock some people out of our communication – people who are deaf or hard of hearing.