Just popping in to share an amusing, enlightening and ultimately very useful article, written by Kelly Dougher for xojane.com: "How Not To Be a Dick to Your Deaf Friend." Kelly seems to be around my age and also works in a library, but does not wear hearing aids or use a cochlear implant.
While every d/Deaf person is different, I really enjoyed this list. My brother actually told me a story about the first item on her list. He was telling a coworker that I am deaf. She said she was so sorry, and he asked why. Turns out she thought he said dead. Pretty funny!
I'd add one more item to this list:
If I ask you to repeat something, don't just repeat what you think I missed.
I know this is easy to do, because I've caught myself doing it before, but it drives me bonkers. If I need something repeated, I probably need the whole sentence repeated. Chances are I actually caught the "important" word in the sentence that you're repeating back to me, but I need some context.
Thoughts on the article?