Charities clear message

Thursday, 11 May, 2006

Getting your message across to deaf children should be easier, thanks to a campaign to promote communication.

Deaf Awareness Week is hoping to encourage people in Suffolk to learn a few simple tricks to communicate with children with hearing problems.

Vicki Galt, from Elmswell, has two deaf children and she hopes this week's campaign will improve people's interaction with them.

Mrs Galt, 34, said: "An easy tip to remember is to tap a deaf person on the shoulder so they either turn around or come closer to hear you.

"Also, don't assume you have to shout just because someone is deaf."

This week, MP David Ruffley arranged for all his staff to use a typetalk telephone system to help them chat to deaf people.