Deafness and hearing-impairment

Teachers at Doncaster Deaf School say that transparent visors are a good alternative.
Teachers at Doncaster Deaf School say that transparent visors are a good alternative.

Charity Deaf Action are looking into how face masks can be adapted to help people with hearing impairments

The CEO says deaf people will become isolated if everyone uses full masks

Covid-19: Masks hindering deaf communication

How facial masks complicate language recognition for deaf people
Around the world precautions against the coronavirus are in place and wearing a mask is often required or at least encouraged by authorities to help prevent the spread of the virus.  But what may not be initially obvious is how the use of face masks impacts on those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who rely on facial expressions and lip-reading to communicate.  Peter Cook is the chair of the Department of American Sign Language at Columbia College in Chicago.  Newsday spoke to him by video call with the help of his interpreter Candace Hart Hathaway.

(Photo: Peter Cook; Credit: Columbia College Chicago)

Deaf Academy calls for interpreters at daily briefing

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Organisations supporting deaf people in the south west are urgently calling on the government to provide sign language interpreters at the daily briefing.

The Deaf Academy in Devon says the lockdown is hard enough for the hearing impaired without the added difficulty of not being able to understand the latest information.

The Cabinet office says it is working with the BBC to provide an interpreter on the BBC News channel and on the iPlayer.

The Twitter campaign #whereistheinterpreter has now developed into a legal case against the government.