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Isabella A. ’21 Makes Face Masks Designed for the Hearing Impaired

Isabella A. ’21 has a longstanding interest in helping the hearing impaired. A few years ago, she taught herself American Sign Language through classes online and has raised money for The Hearing Aid Project, which provides hearing aids to those who cannot afford them. She is also aware that many people with hearing impairment rely upon reading lips to communicate, a challenge during the COVID-19 crisis, when people are required to wear face masks
This got her thinking about making masks with clear vinyl panels where reading lips is possible. Once she got started, Isabella set up a website to sell her masks www.talking-masks.com, with all of the proceeds going directly to The Hearing Aid Project. Since last Friday, when her website went live, she has raised over $2,600. Her Talking Masks also caught the attention of the local media. Click here to see Isabella’s interviews with CBS and NBC. 
 
Isabella shared, “At this time, it is so important that the deaf community is given the same opportunity to communicate in our world as everyone else. I am so excited to be able to raise awareness for them through these masks. Please join me in helping the deaf community.”

Because of the extraordinary interest in her Talking Masks, Isabella is also looking for volunteers to help her with this project. If you are interested in volunteering to provide materials or to make masks, please contact Isabella at isabella@talking-masks.com. She will be happy to provide detailed instructions and an instructional video on how to construct Talking Masks.
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