Students have been told to wave ‘jazz hands’ instead of clapping to avoid triggering anxiety problems.

Officers at the University of Manchester Students’ Union argued that the loud noise of clapping and cheering can also trouble those with sensory issues, shares Daily Mail.

A motion was put forward by the union’s liberation and access officer to replace it with British Sign Language clapping, also known as ‘jazz hands’.

The union decided to make the switch and to ‘encourage student groups and societies to do the same, and to include BSL clapping as a part of inclusion training’.

The internet went crazy!

As you can imagine the response from people is not at all surprising, with many complaining how ridiculous the decision is.

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  • I wonder how this is going for them?! Not well I bet. I couldn’t see it being successful


  • Why did it have to be jazz hands it’s completely irrelevant. I do agree sometimes clapping is a little competitive and gets out of control. But why couldn’t they have used the good old two finger fairy clap.


  • I understand the concept and some people people do indeed have sensory issues; however I do not see this sticking in broader areas such as work places and other venues.


  • There is a lot more people who have disabilities related to noise than we are really aware of.
    Not only Autism or similar conditions. Some people actually have such acute hearing that the noise from clapping and other loud noises actually causes pain in their ears.


  • Geez, crazy town!


  • Well don’t know what to think but it’s caring for others


  • Doesn’t exactly prepare them for the real world does it?


  • We can’t avoid everything just to accommodate those with a disorder, disability or anxiety. But when there is someone with a disorder in a group and the group is thoughtful towards this person and chooses to behave in a certain way because of that, then this is caring and certainly behaviour I can applaud for, oh no use Jazz hand for :)


  • What next? Really this is taking it too far – what happened to catering for being normal?


  • If people want to use jazz hands good for them but I don’t think a ban is really necessary. Also wouldn’t avoiding such normal human behaviours make anxiety conditions worse?


  • An outright ban might be too much, but I don’t really see a problem with using jazz hands.


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