College Student Makes Masks For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Masks for deaf feature clear panel showing wearer’s mouth

College student Ashley Lawrence is making masks for deaf and hard of hearing people.

She’s a student at Eastern Kentucky University where she’s studying education for the deaf. That’s how she was so in tune with the need.

She explained to Lex18.com that ASL users depend a lot on facial expressions to communicate. That’s part of the grammar.

Lawrence says ASL interpreter Virginia Moore is a big inspiration for creating masks for the deaf. She points out how expressive Moore is with her mouth and face.
Lawrence says ASL interpreter Virginia Moore is a big inspiration for creating masks for the deaf. Moore signs for the daily news conferences held by Kentucky governor Andy Beshear.
Lawrence points out how expressive Moore is with her mouth and face.
Lawrence points out how expressive Moore is with her mouth and face.

She points to ASL interpreter Virginia Moore who signs for the daily news conferences held by Kentucky governor Andy Beshear.

“She’s very emotive. If half of that is gone because you’re wearing a mask than half of what you’re saying is being missed,” Lawrence explains.

A great mother-daughter team! Moore's mother is very crafty and helping her create masks for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
A great mother-daughter team! Moore’s mother is very crafty and helping her create masks for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

She had the idea. She knew her mom had the skills. Lawrence says her mom is very crafty and resourceful. Together, they are getting this done.

They are using bedsheets, plastic fabric and elastic.

They are altering masks for folks who might have a cochlear implant or hearing aids and can’t tuck a band behind their ears.

‘I felt like there was a huge population who was not being thought of.’

Ashley Lawrence on her inspiration to create masks for the deaf

Lex18.com reports Lawrence already has dozens of orders from across the country.

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College Student Makes Masks For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

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