Vermont Public Radio

Laura Siegel was interviewed on April 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm by VPR host, Jane Lindholm. She was inquired about how the COVID19 has affected the Deaf community in Vermont. A transcript was later on added a few days after.


Dr. Zachary Featherstone said it best: “The masks block visual cues—including facial expressions, lip-reading, and emotions—all of which are critical for deaf and hard of hearing people to fully communicate and participate in the course of care” (ClearMask website, 2020). In addition to that population, it is helpful for many people who relies on facial expressions. It conveys subtle underlying meanings that many people could overlook.