Even when you’re on a date, texting something on your phone and handing it to your date will work if you don’t think you’re understood.
Some people find love where they least expect it: at a coffee shop, in the grocery store, on a dating site...through a noise complaint in the middle of the night?Non-essential calls can wait.) *If you take this date to a party, introduce your date and let them know that she or he is deaf.Sometimes, people knew some sign language — you never know.*If you invite a deaf person out out on a date, please face your date, to make it easier to read lips, and use the pen and paper when you don’t understand. *If you have cell phone with you, don’t answer it unless you warn your date first [Dr.
Romance says this is true of any date, not just a deaf person.] Understand that a deaf person probably can’t tell what you’re saying when you’re talking into a cell phone, so it’s polite to let your date know why you’re answering the phone and what the call is about (for example, it’s work calling, or someone who is ill.
As with any different language, it takes a little patience. At least a deaf woman could write me a little message like “You’re cute, what’s your name?
” (or something a little more subtle) and start something that way.
*If you want to be able to talk, it’s better to take your date out to mini golf, a nice small cafe or the park. *Your date will be happy to answer questions if you ask. One of my friends just emailed me saying the same thing yesterday. When I cute guy bumps into you, how is he supposed to get from “Oh, sorry” to “What’s your number?
*Understand that American Sign is a different language, with different grammar, so don’t be offended if your date is sometimes hard to understand. ” It is very similar to the problem I had with non-English-speaking women who liked me–they couldn’t communicate with me right away and so nothing ever got started.
*If the other person is talking and your date doesn’t understand, help him or her stay in the conversation by briefly explaining the gist of the conversation.