When it comes to face shields and masks for the deaf – vision is everything.
All forms of communication become more key and important. See our man Nigel Howard in the box each day signing as Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry take to the pulpit to give us the daily dose and injecton of COVID news.
Now imagine Henry and Dix were wearing PPE.
How would Nigel be able to read their lips - what would Nigel do? What would he do?
The people at Wavefront and Tinkerine say health care is affected – but what about those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
“We help audiologists with their work – so when COVID hit we did what we could do to help, we looked at our supply chains and said ‘we can help with what we have and do’,” says Eugene Suyu with Tinkerine.
“With clear faceshields, we realized we had a great product that provides no obstructions for lip reading. It works for audiologists,” he says.
“Sure there is a stigma with face shields, but these are the conversations with have to have.”
Yat Li says Wavefront was established in 1956 in BC.
“We’re about reducing communication barriers with the deaf and those hard of hearing,” he says.
“Those hard of hearing need to see all the nuances they can – lip reading only helps, seeing hand cues, all of these things.
“Nigel has raised the platform, that is no question. They still put him in a box. Inset.”
Indeed – if those without issues can hear the talking heads – perhaps the province spealkers could be inset - and Nigel could be full screen for signers and those with sight issues.