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...
Right now, face masks are in pretty high demand...
via: Getty ImagesWhile they aren't proven to completely protect us from COVID-19, many people are opting to don them nevertheless.
And some have been getting creative and making their own.
That’s me 9 days in isolation. Symptoms abating in last 2 days. Looking forward to walking my wee dug soon. Have ma… https://t.co/tWC3xE05F4— Gillian Martin (@Gillian Martin)1585414334.0
But there is one huge issue with the design...They actually make life extremely difficult for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
via: Getty ImagesThey make it impossible to be able to lip-read someone considering the whole of the mouth area is completely covered up.
This makes communicating even harder.
Seeing all the coronavirus screening by PHONE on TV coverage. What are deaf people supposed to do? During SARS, I w… https://t.co/ixhNDBixT4— Dr. Kathryn Woodcock (@Dr. Kathryn Woodcock)1584069703.0
Well, one college student has taken it upon herself to make a difference.
via: FacebookTwenty-one-year-old Ashley Lawrence, a college senior from Versailles, has created a project designed to help the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Ashley is currently studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing at Eastern Kentucky University.
via: FacebookBut, due to COVID-19, she has had to move back home and continue her student teaching in self-isolation.
So, she has put her isolation stir-craziness to good use.
via: FacebookAnd has designed a face mask for the deaf and hard of hearing.
"I felt like there was a huge population that was being looked over."
via: Facebook"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.
So, after a conversation with her mom...
via: FacebookThe pair put their craft skills to work.
They began by making the masks out of bed sheets they had.
via: Facebook"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."
But, a couple of months ago...
via: FacebookThe mother-daughter duo changed up the design.
They incorporated plastic fabric into the mask.
via: Facebook"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."
Ashley is going the extra mile...
via: Facebook"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."
The plastic window is a key part of the design.
via: FacebookAs it aids those who rely on lip-reading to communicate.
Ashley doesn't charge anything for her masks.
via: Facebook"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."
In less than 2 days, Ashley has had dozens of orders...
Great share! My wife is a nurse. She says this is beneficial because those thatvare hard of hearing or deaf cannot… https://t.co/U5F94KxHsB— 𝕊𝕔𝕠𝕥𝕥 ℕ𝕦𝕟𝕖𝕤 (@𝕊𝕔𝕠𝕥𝕥 ℕ𝕦𝕟𝕖𝕤)1585784591.0
And it seems people have already been expressing their gratitude.
@ihategender These last two months I’ve had to choose between wearing my hearing aids and wearing a mask. It’s been… https://t.co/EEM9v7mIfI— Kalaya'an #WeKeepUsSafe Mendoza | ᜃᜎᜌᜀᜈ (@Kalaya'an #WeKeepUsSafe Mendoza | ᜃᜎᜌᜀᜈ)1585777117.0
She has been flooded with praise.
@DannyDeraney This is brilliant!! A colleague of mine actually had this exact scenario the other day (we are hospit… https://t.co/D82E6HvgVJ— Jennifer W (@Jennifer W)1585797773.0