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Live or Face-to-Face Classes: Deaf Tips: Before: Consider Stakeholders, Communication Agreement


Before: Getting Ready: Consider Stakeholders, Communication Agreement

Consider Stakeholders and their Needs

This model recognizes all involved as partners: we understand that each of us has different communication styles and language modalities. We take this into consideration when communicating together. This InfoGuide provides tips for working together as individuals with different language modalities: ie, signing, tactile signing, speaking, and hearing. This includes DHH, DB, those with learning differences, international, and Hearing individuals, and any combination of these. 


  • presenter/host
  • participants 
  • interpreter 
  • captionist
  • note-taker

Communication Agreement

Consider developing an agreement with all stakeholders to improve communication flow and turn-taking to ensure successful communication with people using diverse communication modes.

  • identify self
  • take pauses
  • paraphrase others to clarify
  • make your point
  • consider taking notes, and sending them after the class

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