UbiDuo – It’s About Face-to-Face Communication, Not Perfect English
We have heard from people all over stating that some deaf or hard of hearing people can’t use the UbiDuo because of their lack of “Perfect English”. It is not about having perfect English, it is all about having face-to-face communication without barriers through whatever level of English.
Here are several reasons why the majority of deaf or hard of hearing people can use the UbiDuo and experience face-to-face communication freedom with anyone they interact with:
- Do we watch TV or Movies with Captioning? If so, that is a sign that we are able to comprehend what is being said and interpret what the story is telling. That is no different from a person communicating with us on the UbiDuo.
- Do we use Social Media to communicate with friends via text? If so, we are using whatever form of English to get our thoughts across as long as the other person understands them. Well, that is no different from using that same form of English on the UbiDuo to get our thoughts across to the other person.
- Do we have an Email Account? If so, once again we are using some level of English to write our thoughts into sentences filled with words? Maybe our use of grammar does not follow the rules but as long as the other person understands what is being said, that’s what is important. If that’s the case, that is no different from using those same sentences in the email to communicate on the UbiDuo with another person. Not always using exact grammar is the same whether hearing or deaf.
- Do we use Instant Messenger? If so, we all know that we are using some level of English to send text chat messages back and forth. You notice that both users are not really paying attention to the rules of grammar and shooting thoughts through the use of text without a conscious effort of perfect grammar.
- Did we use TTYs in the old days back in the 1980s and 1990s? If so, why weren’t we complaining about using our English on those devices? It doesn’t make sense that nowadays that some people are now complaining about using our English on other platforms when we used TTYs every day to make phone calls to everyone back in those old days? People might use video phones with their sign language but that does not take away the reality that we do have a level of usable English to communicate with anyone around us due to nonstop exposure to English everywhere.
- Do we have a Cell Phone? If so, we cannot argue that the person is communicating with hundreds of people in their network on a daily basis with nonstop text messages and yet can not communicate on the UbiDuo. The exchange of text communication might be shorthand but we are using some level of English to get our thoughts across to each other as long as we can comprehend each other. Also, keep in mind when a person doesn’t understand the other person, the most common thing they will say is “what do you mean?” The other person then rephrases what he or she said to get it across. That is no different from communicating on the UbiDuo.
Those were the different reasons that I wanted to use to debunk the myth that some deaf or hard of hearing people can’t use the UbiDuo due to our English. I have heard that many times and I am telling you that a majority of deaf and hard of hearing people can use the UbiDuo with some form of English.