COVID Blogs: Impact of Face Masks on Communication & Education Opportunities for Deaf People – World Institute on Disability

COVID Blogs: Impact of Face Masks on Communication & Education Opportunities for Deaf People

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By Karen Fischer

Gerard Buckley, a deaf resident of Rochester, New York and the President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), was checking out at a local grocery store when the cashier, who was wearing a mask, asked him a question. As a deaf person, Buckley couldn’t hear her, and because she was wearing a mask, he couldn’t read her lips, either.  Buckley had to take an unorthodox approach to solve a problem that [...]

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