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I did something similar, and the man I was communicating with was visibly surprised and delighted. He immediately started signing so quickly I couldn't keep up, so I simply said that I hadn't practiced in awhile. He always smiled at me whenever I saw him after that.

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He has probably met tons of people who can only introduce themselves in ASL and nothing more. Kind of like I can order a beer and say hello in 22 languages and speak only 3 of them with anything approaching fluency.

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It's the effort that counts. And disabled people wonder why regular people don't try harder. Why should we. If you can't win, why even bother trying at all.

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#77- It's not so much the special treatment, but rather having people speak AT you like you're a child or mentally handicapped. The deaf guy was probably thinking, "Yeah, I fucking know. You're wearing a name tag. Just, because I can't hear doesn't mean I can't read." It gets tedious.

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I'm hearing impaired, and I completely agree. Though I can speak very clear for someone with an impairement, people still speak loud around me like I can't hear them and it does get rather frustating.

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What I wanna know, is how exactly he knew the person was deaf? O.o it's not like they wear a sign that reads, "I'm deaf"... Unless in this case he was at which point you could disregard my question.

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I don't know why you're getting thumbed down. I totally agree. Lol Ungrateful people come in all shapes and sizes--and they all deserve to be told to F off.

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Wtf? OP didn't pity the guy. And no one here is pitying the guy. There's no pity here. OP wanted to connect with the customer. Maybe so he would feel more welcome and be more likely to seek help.

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