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Deaf people need to learn to communicate with those who can hear

Friday 1st June 2012
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It is important for deaf people and those who can hear to interact so that they can learn how to communicate with each other.

Ellen Arthur, a 15-year-old deaf girl, told the Independent that it was "very important" for her to mix outside of the hard of hearing community so that interaction skills can be picked up.

She has undergone years of speech therapy which has enabled her to be articulate, which leads to many people being surprised that she is deaf.

According to figures, there are around nine million deaf and partially hearing people in the UK, with almost eight per cent of these being severely deaf.

Ms Arthur has been playing an important role at her local school to help other young people who are hard of hearing, while her work with the NDCS has helped her to feel more engaged.

She is now part of a group of friends who know how to communicate with her, and was invited to her first birthday party earlier in May after being isolated for a decade.

"I just felt accepted and treated the same as everyone else. I was delighted," she told the Independent.

Written by Megan Smith

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