5-speed listening (Clapping - Level 4)

University to replace clapping with hand-waving






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A university voted to replace clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted to respect people who are affected by loud noise. The 'jazz hands' wave is the British Sign Language's form of clapping. A Students' Union spokeswoman said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness often avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

There has been a lot of criticism of the vote A broadcaster tweeted that, "Britain is losing its mind". Even former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." The Students' Union said it represents the majority of students' views. It wants, "to make...events more accessible and inclusive for all". It added: "We are not banning...clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

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