How a Deaf Hospital Worker Is Dealing With Covid-19

How a Deaf Hospital Worker Is Dealing With Covid-19

“I am not ignoring you. I read lips.”
Randi Baron-Leonard is an essential employee working at a psychiatric hospital in Maryland, WJLA News reports.

Everything changed for her overnight when face coverings became required by the state.

“Deaf people rely on body language and body cues,” Randi told WJLA. “Expression is really important.”

Now it’s added another level of stress. “Sometimes my coworkers, friends, sometimes they forget I’m deaf.”

So Randi got a little creative. She wrote on her mask with a marker: “I am not ignoring you. I’m deaf. I read lips.”

It seems to be working.

“I noticed that people tend to be more patient with me,” she says. “When they see my mask, they are more willing to write with me and gesture with me.”

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