The Pandemic Has Created Some Unique Accessibility Challenges for Those Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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The Pandemic Has Created Some Unique Accessibility Challenges for Those Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

By Alyssa MacKenzie

Published June 16, 2020

Based on the COVID-19 emergency response and information dissemination that has taken place this year, it is probably not evident that 1 in 5 Americans ages 12 and over has a hearing loss.

From personal protective equipment (PPE) to daily broadcasted updates highlighting vital pandemic news, the American response has failed to fully include an entire portion of the population and in doing so may have infringed on civil rights.

When Americans turn to face masks to protect each other, log onto their computers for work and school, and tune into their local news stations for updates on the pandemic, many have the privilege of having some anxieties quieted. These individuals can rest assured they are taking measures to reduce infection, bolstered by the knowledge imparted by public health officials. This is not necessarily so for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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