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Talking to your friends

If your friends are not very deaf aware, don’t worry, we’ve got lots to help you!

Deaf awareness is really important, but often hearing people don’t realise that they aren’t being very deaf aware. Or they might not know what good deaf awareness is. They might not have met a deaf person before or know the best way to communicate.

More than three-quarters of teenagers who had not met a deaf person before said they had no idea how to communicate with them. We’ve got some easy tips to help.

We have made a poster and postcard that you can share with your hearing friends at school, Scouts, Brownies, or anywhere else you can think of! You could put up the poster where your friends will see it, and give out the postcard to help remind them about good deaf awareness.

Download the poster or the postcard at the bottom of this page.

If you prefer, you can order some (by emailing youngmember@ndcs.org.uk) which we can send to you through the post.

Look, Smile, Chat

Look, Smile, Chat section of the Buzz is our campaign to improve understanding of deafness among teenagers and help deaf and hearing young people to communicate with each other.

We want to break down the communication barriers between deaf and hearing young people.

Watch these videos for deaf awareness tips and share them with your friends, family and anyone else who could improve their communication with deaf people.

Talk normally 

There are lots of ways to chat

Want to watch more videos? You can find them here.

Top tips for making friends

Sometimes it’s not easy meeting new people and making friends. You might be nervous about talking to other young people you don’t know, but often they will be just as nervous as you!

Childline’s website has some great tips on making friends. And Radio 1’s website has tips for your own 5-Point Friendship Plan.

You can also watch the playlist of deaf awareness videos and remember to share the tips with your friends, family and anyone else who could improve their communication with deaf people.

Downloads

Talking to your Deaf Friends – poster

Talking to your Deaf Friends – postcard

Make sure I know what you are talking about – poster

Face me when you talk – poster

Talk normally – poster

There are lots of ways to chat – poster

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National Deaf Children's Society

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Helpline: 0808 800 8880

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