Masks Present a Unique Challenge for Deaf Students and Teachers. Here’s How Colorado Schools are Adapting.

The Denver Post | Tiney Ricciardi

“Facial expressions to a deaf person, it has a tone of voice like [for] someone who could hear. You are able to listen and get a sense if someone is being sarcastic or angry. Deaf people depend on lip reading to have that same type of information.”

Face coverings have been an essential component of reopening schools and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, masks reduce or eliminate lip-reading as a communication tool for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Denver Post‘s Tiney Ricciardi explores how educators and students are adapting to this challenge though innovative practices.

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