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Deaf community members sew masks to improve communication | WHAM

Rochester, N. Y. (WHAM) – Saturday, members of the deaf community distributed masks at the Rochester Public Market. They made clear masks showing a person’s mouth for better communication. The Rochester Deaf Rotary Chapter and Rochester Deaf Refugees said this will help improve communications while protecting people from spreading COVID-19. ++++++++++++++ Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – […]

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Unable to lip-read with face masks, Malaysian deaf community needs sign language to be part of new norm | Life | Malay Mail

PETALING JAYA, Aug 21 — Face masks are undoubtedly a life-saving measure in the times of Covid-19 but the protective gear has presented some unique challenges to the deaf community. Even those who use sign language find that their understanding of one another is now impaired by face masks because they are unable to fully […]

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Oralism in the Deaf and Autistic Communities | Fierce Autie

  As a Hard of Hearing autistic adult, I think about this often. There are many overlaps in the autistic and Deaf communities. There are different sensory, diagnosis, difficulties and therapy experiences. There is certainly an overlap of experiences and history. Having experiences from both communities is a truly unique experience. Combining the Deaf and […]

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Deaf association sues to force White House to use sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings – CNNPolitics

(CNN)The National Association of the Deaf and five deaf Americans are suing the White House in an attempt to force President Donald Trump and other top officials to have American Sign Language interpreters at Covid-19 briefings. They’ve asked a federal judge to order the White House to add live televised ASL interpretation at all public […]

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What Deaf People Can Teach Others About Virtual Communication

We don’t just listen with our ears.   After months of working remotely from home, many of us have found that the daily routine of virtual meetings saps our energy. It is difficult to maintain continuity, connection, and coherence. We are prone to speak too little or too much, repeating things unnecessarily. Our attention wanders, […]

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Deaf Californians Hit Nike With Suit Over Covid-19 Mask Policy

Nike Inc.‘s policy requiring employees at its California retail stores to wear masks discriminates against customers who are deaf or hard of hearing by preventing them from lipreading, according to a proposed class action filed in San Francisco. The company’s policy allegedly requires salespeople to wear opaque masks that are supplied by Nike when they […]

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‘I was heartbroken’: Mask mandate creates communication challenges for deaf community

  By Eric Perry | July 31, 2020 at 5:03 PM EDT – Updated July 31 at 8:57 PM SHORT PUMP, Va. (WWBT) – The mask mandate in Virginia is creating communication challenges for the deaf community. One woman said she faced communication issues after a Walmart employee refused to pull down his mask to help her. Simone […]