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