National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)

NDCS has highlighted that the wearing of PPE and particularly face coverings presents significant communication barriers to many children, young people and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Not being able to lip read and interpret facial expressions will be challenging and could lead to them feeling even more isolated than they may do already. The Society’s website contains useful hints and advice on what steps people can take to support communication when wearing face masks.

The impact of face masks on deaf children:

DIY face masks with clear panels in them which could help some deaf children who rely on lip-reading or sign language to get a better view of the face:

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