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University of Manchester Student Union Bans Clapping, Suggests Jazz Hands Instead

The student union of The University of Manchester in England has just banned clapping. Instead, they will encourage fellow students to use "jazz hands" instead:

According to the student newspaper, Mancunion, they will use the British Sign Language alternative of jazz hands so that clapping is more inclusive.

They wrote: ‘It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues. BSL (British Sign Language) clapping – or, jazz hands – would be a more inclusive form of expression.’ Sara Khan, liberation and access officer, put the motion forward in a bid to ‘encourage student groups and societies to do the same, and to include BSL clapping as part of inclusion training.’


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