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Title: Law Officer and the Deaf
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:57  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1990)  Pages:98,100
Author(s): J F King
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 2
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Techniques for communicating with deaf people as well as some psychological and humanistic background in dealing with a deaf person are presented.
Abstract: The emphasis here is on the similarity of the deaf person to the hearing person; the only difference is being cut off from both the spoken and sometimes written forms of the English language. English is a second language to most deaf people; the first language is American Sign Language. Several suggestions are given for determining how a particular deaf person communicates and how to facilitate communication. The suggestions include (1) getting the deaf person's attention; (2) making sure the deaf person understands the topic of discussion; (3) speaking slowly and clearly, with nothing in your mouth; (4) looking directly at the deaf person; (5) maintaining eye contact, etc. How to obtain the services of and deal with a qualified interpreter are also presented as the best means of communicating with a deaf person. The humanistic approach is emphasized by urging the police officer to communicate respect and dignity to the deaf person while ensuring that equal rights and opportunities are afforded to all members of the community.
Main Term(s): Persons with Disabilities; Police training for persons with disabilities
Index Term(s): Interpreter Services; Persons with physical disabilities; Police specialized training
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