Deaf woman shares video to help public learn sign language to communicate while wearing a mask

This originally appeared on 11 Alive on May 15, 2020 by Matt Pearl, Maddie Ray, Atticus Investigates.

ATLANTA — The U.S. Census estimates 40 million Americans are disabled, including 3 million children. They’re all facing new challenges in the world of COVID-19. Chrissy Marshall is studying film production at the University of Southern California. She says she was born hard of hearing and is now profoundly deaf. Marshall tells us mask requirements have made it difficult to effectively communicate. “Deaf and hard-of-hearing people will rely on lip-reading. Obviously with the masks, that’s a huge challenge,” Marshall said. Companies like the Clear Mask have developed a see-through alternative; however, they are not FDA approved. “We value seeing people’s expressions. That’s so much of how we communicate, and I miss it,” Marshall said.