Deaf Community Faces Mental Health Challenges Amid Pandemic

Deaf Community Faces Mental Health Challenges Amid Pandemic

Lack of access to important COVID-19 information has led to stress and isolation.

The deaf and hard of hearing community continues to face barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News Atlanta reports..

The president of the Georgia Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing told Fox News that a lack of access to important COVID-19 information has led to stress and isolation in their community, and they also continue to struggle with everyday communication.

“It’s a lot of loneliness,” Jimmy Peterson explained.

And while public health officials continue to urge everyone to wear masks in public, it hinders communication for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Peterson said ASL interpreters are vital to getting the latest and most accurate information surrounding the deadly virus.

In September, the National Association of the Deaf, along with five deaf Americans, sued the White House for not having a sign language interpreter at the daily briefings.

“All the information is in English, it’s in that form. So, we depend on visual language,” said Peterson.

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