Today, the 1st August 2017, is the day of our sponsored 24-hour silence. For the entire day, we will refrain from speaking, attempting to achieve a better understanding of the struggles that hard of hearing people face everyday, revolving around this area. We are also hoping to raise both money and awareness for the sensory impaired community, with a lot of support gathered already in such a short space of time.
So far, it has proven to be fairly difficult: we are forced to communicate through notes, messages and random hand gestures since not everyone knows British Sign Language. This struggle has raised an important issue for us, one about how more people should learn this language, which would greatly reduce the communication barrier that we’re currently facing. Whilst our uncoordinated hand actions may be getting some points across, we are unable to communicate understandable sentences like we could if we were educated in sign language. Messaging and note passing has proven to be the most effective form of communication, but the time it takes has been greatly affecting our conversations: writing the message, waiting for it to send and then having to read all take up time in what could be spent progressing the conversation, limiting us to fairly basic topics. Because of this, you can’t instantly say what springs to mind, perhaps making you question whether or not it needs to be messaged. If said phrase was going to be hurtful then it’s probably best that it remained just a thought, but it also means that deep and thoughtful things also remain unshared. This takes away the personal feel of the conversation, almost making it seem robotic. Sign language is a quick way of communicating, meaning that these problems are easily avoided.
If you would like to donate to our cause, then please follow the Just Giving link on the right-hand side of the page – everything is appreciated. Below is a video that we’ve recorded that explains what we are doing today, with both sign language and subtitles.