Mask rules in Scottish schools to be eased

22-02-2022

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Child learning in school

From February 2022, facemasks are no longer mandatory in secondary school classrooms across Scotland. While wearing masks has been important for keeping children and everyone else safe during the pandemic, it has meant that many deaf young people who rely on lipreading and facial expressions have been left feeling isolated and unable to communicate. For deaf school children, being able …

NHS Scotland approves use of clear masks

01-12-2021

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Boy wearing clear facemask

Celebrating clear masks from NHS Scotland Whilst masks are important for helping to control the spread of Coronavirus, they can create communication barriers for deaf people, especially for those who rely on lipreading and facial expressions to communicate. Everyday interactions with people wearing fabric or surgical masks become difficult if not impossible for many, with exclusion being experienced in clinical …

World Hearing Day 2021

04-03-2021

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To mark #WorldHearingDay 2021, we spoke to our friends at Age Scotland about the impact the pandemic has had on deaf and hard of hearing people. Age Scotland support older people, many of whom have hearing loss. We shared our experiences of face masks, and why we believe clear masks can play a huge part in improving communication for deaf and …

New guidance on masks in care settings

02-10-2020

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Women wearing clear masks to communicate

New Scottish Government regulations on the extended use of face masks in wider community care and adult care homes came into force on Wednesday 30 September 2020. The guidance states all providers of primary and community care must wear Type IIR fluid resistant masks in the workplace, which are typically opaque. At Deaf Action, we’re concerned about the impact this …

Clear Masks For All – Share Your Experiences

20-07-2020

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Since we last updated you on our Clear Masks for All campaign, our supporters have contacted their MSPs (you can still do this online via our last blog post) and the issue has also been raised in an oral question to the First Minister. It’s a promising update, and we’re monitoring things closely as we continue to work with other …

Clear Face Masks for All – Update

07-07-2020

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Update on Deaf Action’s campaign from Philip Gerrard, CEO Back in May, Deaf Action was featured on BBC Breakfast, where we shared our concerns around what the use of face masks can mean for deaf people – especially those who rely on lipreading and facial expressions to communicate. Now, on Friday, a new rule comes into place that sees them …

Deaf friendly face masks for all!

20-05-2020

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The increasingly widespread use of face masks during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is presenting significant challenges for deaf and hard of hearing people who rely on non-verbal cues, facial expressions and lip reading to communicate. With the government making recommendations that face masks and face coverings are worn as lock-down is relaxed, it is worried that deaf people will struggle …