Andrada Day of Silence

This Tuesday, February 6th will be our school-wide Day of Silence and Awareness.
What this means is that all A.S.L. students (and some former A.S.L. students who choose to participate) will not be allowed to speak from the time they enter our school to the time they leave school. They will either be wearing earplugs, earmuffs or noise-cancelling headphones to simulate mild hearing loss. They cannot listen to music, so they should only have headphones on if they are not attached to any sound source. They can write notes, write on slates, read lips, use their phones or computers to text (if it’s okay with their teachers) or gesture and point in order to communicate.

 

The goal of this day is not for them to experience being Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, as they can never experience that unless they actually are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing. The goal is for them to experience trying to function without using the language of the majority. They need to see what it’s like to try to communicate non-verbally. They also need to see the benefit of using sign language with others who know it. Students will be wearing name tags that identify them as participants of the day. We ask that teachers make content available in writing or in visual form so that the students do not suffer academically.

The objective is for them to experience having to struggle to communicate, not to negatively affect their grades.