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10 facts on deafness

Two boys and two girls are sitting around a table, in sunny weather. One of the girls is signing and the others are looking at her attentively.

Sign language facilitates communication with deaf people

Deaf and deaf-blind people often use sign language. Sign languages differ across cultures, but they are legitimate languages, with their own vocabulary and grammar. Family members, medical professionals, teachers and employers should be encouraged to learn signs/sign language in order to facilitate communication with deaf people.

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