Last week we focused on how to identify symptoms of Deafness. This week we will continue with some of these symptoms and look a little at the Deaf Culture.
Symptoms In Babies
- isn't startled by loud noises.
- doesn't turn towards the source of a sound while under four months old.
- doesn't say a single words by the time they're one year old.
- notices you when they see you, but not when you call their name.
- hears some sounds but not others.
Symptoms in Children
- is slow to learn to talk, or they're not clear when they speak.
- often asks you to repeat yourself or respond inappropriately to a question.
- doesn't reply when you call them.
- often talks very loudly.
- often turns up the volume of the TV so it's very loud.
- watches other people to copy instructions because they haven't heard.
The Deaf Culture
Are persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing dumb? The answer is “NO”!!! Persons who are Deaf and accept their deafness do not like to be called names such as “Dumb” or “Hearing impaired”. These persons are Deaf and only accepts being called “Deaf”. Remember the art of subtlety is exempted from Deaf Culture because of visual cues and assertiveness being used.
There is a great need for more interpreters to assist the deaf with communication. Interpreters are needed in churches, court, broadcast and live TV programmes, interviews, health-related appointments or sessions, and educational institutions.
Education and training are needed for developing the Deaf Community in Jamaica. Your support could go a long way in achieving this. Speak with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) to see how you could assist in enhancing the lifestyle of members of the Deaf Community.
Have you ever thought about working, serving or ministering in another culture this is your opportunity to try something new, sign language? Learn it and master it by God’s grace and you will be able to the deaf community by communicating with and for them.