5 ways to avoid audism

It is essential to teach sign language and how to engage with a person with hearing loss as part of moral lessons in school. Photo: Filepic

It’s International Week of the Deaf and Melina Sylvia An, who became deaf when she was a teenager, wishes that Malaysians could be more attentive to the ways they can effectively communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

“People can learn Malaysian Sign Language (Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia) and take time to learn to understand about the deaf community and do their bit to make things more accessible to deaf people, in the media, public services, employment, education, and also digital solutions,” said Melina in an email interview.

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