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Working With the Deaf

We observe Deaf History Month from March 13th to April 15th, but you can work with hearing-impaired people all year round. Kidzworld has some volunteer info for you to check out!

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Did you know that you don't have to know sign language to work with hearing-impaired people? It's great if you know how to sign, but there are other ways of communicating, like asking them to read your lips, writing down notes on a pad of paper, or using a sign language interpreter. But if you'd like to learn sign language, just head down to your local community center to register for classes.

From the 'Hood to Around the World

There are lots of places to volunteer, even in your own neighborhood! There are camps and clubs for deaf children, where you'll have opportunities to play sports, do arts and crafts, or explore the outdoors together. You can also take it to an international scale and volunteer with The International Deaf Children's Society (IDCS), which helps deaf children around the world, especially in third-world countries. A couple of ways to get involved with the IDCS are to donate some of your allowance or hold a fundraiser at your school to collect cash for the organization. All the money goes to things like setting up sign language courses and buying hearing aid kits for kids.

Did U Know?

  • When hearing-impaired people want to get someone's attention, they'll wave their hands, stomp their feet, or flash their lights three times.
  • When it comes to lip reading, only about 30% of speech is visible on the lips. That means that out of a sentence of 10 words, a deaf person can only read a few words.
  • You know how football teams huddle between plays? That was created in 1894 by the Gallaudet University football team, who would sign in a tight circle to prevent other teams from reading their sign language and finding out what their next play would be!
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yugimutoz
just message him about the situation over text or social media! tell him you still want to be friends & you don't want to let things be so awkward anymore between you two. ^__^
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SimplyAda
Gurlll, i also can't start conversations either. Well since it's summer? Do you know his social media... like Twitter or Instagram? You can try messaging him about how you feel. I know it seems crazy but just try. Or just confront him in person when you see him in seventh grade. Confidence is key. If he still continues to ignore you  and avoid you, then he's not worth your time gurll. Just ignore him. And focus on your goals and get big and make sure that he regrets avoiding you.  lol you don't have to do all of that, but good luck   :)
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SimplyAda
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Yes. They were fake anyways and disrespectful. Had to cut them off.
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NightSpoon
Try asking him about his hobbies, whats up, etc. normal stuff. You guys might find some interesting stuff about each other or even more.
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MeowAllDay
So ever since last Monday my crush has been ignoring me, and I didn't want to push him into talking. We smile and wave but that's about it. I don't know how to get a conversation started. I do compliment, and that never works, but I also asked him what his school profile picture was. He answered and the conversation stopped there. Oh, and I don't think I mentioned that my bff doesn't really like him at all.
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