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Kentucky College Student Makes Masks For Deaf and Hard Of Hearing

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By    |   Friday, 03 April 2020 03:57 PM

A Kentucky college senior studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing is putting her training and creativity to work, making face masks for those who have a harder time communicating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ashley Lawrence, who’s studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing at Eastern Kentucky University, said she noticed a lack of masks for those who have a hard time communicating.

Lawrence's masks have a plastic window for people to be able to see facial expressions when communicating in American Sign Language, an ABC affiliate in Richmond, Ky., has reported.

She’s also trying options for people with implants and hearing aids who may have difficulty wraping the straps around the ear. 

She plans to give them away for free and is getting a generous response from online crowdfunding.

"I think that if you need them, then you need them and I don't think you should have to pay. The biggest thing during this time is to help someone out in the community," Lawrence told ABC.

She’s also written about the project on Facebook, and why she figured it was the right time for the right cause.

"Because of the shortage of masks, everyone started making their own, so I thought: why not make them for all?? This is how we stay #HealthyatHome,” she wrote, CBS News reported.

The response, she told CBS News on Thursday, has been extraordinary.

"We have been so completely overwhelmed by the response, and pleased that we could do our part to bring awareness to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community," Lawrence told the news outlet in an email, and signed "DHH Mask Project."

Lawrence's homemade masks are like surgical masks that protect against large droplets or splashes that may contain viruses, and protect others from the wearer's respiratory emissions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The homemade masks are not N95 respirators recommended for health care workers.

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