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Abbreviations for emergency situations

Make sure that you can quickly and accurately communicate emergency information to a person who is deaf or hard of hearing. Have abbreviations in your main dictionary that will expand to directives about what to do if there is an emergency. For example, ask the teacher what instructions they would give for a fire drill and add them as an expansion to your dictionary with a quick, memorable brief form, like ‘eee’ or ‘efd’. Put the expansion in capital, bold letters to add emphasis. You can also learn some emergency signs if the deaf/hard or hearing person uses sign language. Remember, a captionist’s role is to facilitate communication, and in an emergency communication can be the difference between life and death!

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