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See-Through Masks, A Sign Language Need

“We encourage people to learn sign language to help their loved ones feel included in decision making for their family.”
24 Sep 2021 12:49
See-Through Masks, A Sign Language Need
Fiji Association of the Deaf president Isoa Nabainivalu.

Because facial expression is key to sign language communication, the Fiji Association of the Deaf hope more see-through masks are worn in public in this pandemic.

Association president Isoa Nabainivalu, highlighted this in light of International Day of Sign Languages yesterday.

“For those who are deaf, one of the major challenges we face is the wearing of masks, especially when the facial expression is important when using the sign language,” Nr Nabainivalu said.

“Our hand and mouth help us communicate and we understand the need for wearing masks, but we would be grateful if there is a way of having a see-through mask which would benefit us.

“We have always advocated for inclusiveness because the more involved we become the more open-minded everyone can get.

“We encourage people to learn sign language to help their loved ones feel included in decision making for their family.”

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said deaf and hearing people around the world could work together hand in hand to promote the recognition of the right to use sign languages in all areas of life.

“In Fiji, we are proud to highlight our own Fijian Sign language, which has evolved over the years and is among the 300 types of sign languages across the world.”

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