Gramer understands the need for face masks and appreciates how people are now starting to make clear ones, especially for those in the health care industry, which is exactly what one Pacific Northwest teen started doing.
“So far, the most meaningful was for a married couple close to giving birth,” a board member for the Hearing Speech and Deaf Center for the Puget Sound region. “They wanted to use these to communicate with their doctor more effectively."
However, clear masks are not easy to find, The HSDC is hoping people can donate their time and resources, as Kim has done, to help their neighbors in need.
“One in 3 people has some sort of connection to hearing loss. They are either deaf or hard of hearing themselves or they have a family member. We are all in this together, but my experience may be different from yours. How can we bridge that gap to come together?” said HSDC Executive Director Lindsay Klarman.
Klarman commends King County and Seattle officials and Gov. Jay Inslee for prioritizing access to communication by having an interpreter at their press briefings. It’s a reminder that inclusion is crucial, now more than ever.
“We do feel more detached, so I would ask that people try to remember to be patient, to be compassionate,” said Gramer.
The Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center has information on how you can donate and make clear masks on its website: https://www.hsdc.org/.