College Student Creates Face Masks for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Our Hearts Are Warm

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During this time of doom and gloom, it’s refreshing to see something positive for a change.

This week, a college student has been creating face masks for the deaf and hard of hearing and our hearts are well and truly melted.

Keep scrolling to take look at the clever design as well as the huge response she has received…

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While they aren’t proven to completely protect us from COVID-19, many people are opting to don them nevertheless.

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Which several deem to be a great alternative for the typical throwaway version.

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But there is one huge issue with the design…

They actually make life extremely difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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They make it impossible to be able to lip-read someone considering the whole of the mouth area is completely covered up.

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Surely something needs to be done about this, right?

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Twenty-one-year-old Ashley Lawrence, a college senior from Versailles, has created a project designed to help the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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But, due to COVID-19, she has had to move back home and continue her student teaching in self-isolation.

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And has designed a face mask for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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“We’re all panicking right now and so a lot of people are just not being thought of. So, I felt like it was very important that, even at a time like this, people need to have that communication,” Ashley explained.

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The pair put their craft skills to work.

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“We started out making them with bedsheets that we had, and luckily bed sheets are big. “So we have two or three sets so we’re making them out of that.”

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The mother-daughter duo changed up the design.

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“Then, a couple months ago we needed plastic fabric for something. And so we have a whole roll of that and the window is only this big so having a whole roll is very helpful so luckily we haven’t needed any supplies yet.”

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“We’re trying different things too for people with cochlear implants and hearing aids if they can’t wrap around the ears,” she explained. “We’re making some that have around the head and around the neck.”

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As it aids those who rely on lip-reading to communicate.  

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“I’m not charging anything for them because I think that if you need them, then you need them and I don’t think that you should have to pay for them.”

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“We are sending them out for free whenever we have people asking for them and if they’re foreign, then maybe we’ll charge shipping, but other than that they’re completely free.”

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When the news reached social media, reactions were strong to say the least.

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“Accessibility for the win! Thank you, Ashley!” wrote another user.

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So far, she has raised a whopping $3000, at the time of writing. You can find her page here. Craving some more positivity? Well, one guy isn’t letting coronavirus ruin his chances at finding love. Keep scrolling for the full story… You won’t believe how they went on their real-life date while socially distancing…


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