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Mask wearing order puts up roadblock to hearing impaired and deaf community

While some rely on sign language, others depend on lip reading to communicate day to day so the new order is posing some major issues.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2020, 4:40 PM

Updated 1,496 days ago

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The executive order to wear masks starting Friday is putting up roadblocks for members of the hearing impaired and deaf community.
People with hearing disabilities are saying that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new mask order violates their rights and will make it harder for them to communicate with others.
While some rely on sign language, others depend on lip reading to communicate day to day so the new order is posing some major issues.
While there are masks that have a clear plastic window near the lips designed to help the hearing impaired community communicate, most people opt for the masks that don't.
One woman from Mohegan Lake who relies on lip reading to communicate, believes the governor’s mandate violates the American with Disabilities Act. "I understand this is a pandemic. I understand we are in quarantine. But if this is the new normal, there is no normal for me or for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing," says Tracy, from Mohegan Lake.
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