Q: How do deaf people feel when a hearing person approaches them in public using sign language?
A: It depends on the situation and the environment. Some Deaf people appreciate it when a hearing, signing stranger approaches them; others resent it. Deaf people queuing up in a bank line may be preoccupied, busy, or in a hurry as they wait for the teller. But if theyre on a bus or train, or in a waiting room, it may be okay to strike up a conversation. Say, "Hello, how are you?" and let the Deaf person take it from there. Dont offer to "help" or interpret for the Deaf personunless such help is really needed.