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Different messages from SimCom for Deaf and hearing people?

Teachers & others speak and sign simultaneously. But research confirms: deaf and hearing people receive different messages from "SimCom".
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Many teachers and presenters try to speak and sign simultaneously when speaking to a mixed group of Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people. In other words, they use an approach that people in the U.S. call “SimCom” (Simultaneous Communication). However, research shows that the message in signing is not the same as the message in speaking during SimCom. So, can we confirm that people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing receive different messages from SimCom? The two authors researched this question and confirmed that they do. They recommend that teachers should reconsider using SimCom in the classroom.

The authors Stephanie Tevenal and Miako Villanueva published this article in the Spring 2009 issue of the professional journal, Sign Language Studies, Volume 9, issue 3. Meanwhile, we could not assess if the article is accessible for people using screen reading software. Furthermore, the article is not available online for free. You can try asking the authors to send a copy. Otherwise, you can ask your library to purchase a copy.

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