Mask for the hearing impaired refused: “you need to read up on the lips”

Masque pour malentendants refusé: «on a besoin de lire sur les lèvres»

After being denied access in a trade due to his mask for the deaf, Rosalie Taillefer-Simard wishes to raise public awareness of the importance of lip-reading for the hearing impaired.

The crisis of the COVID-19 greatly complicates the communication for the hearing impaired.

“Read on the lips, it helps to confirm what we hear. This is why people, at times, have not understood”, explained Wednesday, the daughter of Marie-Josée Taillefer and René Simard in an interview at the show “Salut Bonjour”.

This is why it was chosen, Tuesday, is wearing a mask with a window of plastic in the mouth by doing commissions in a hardware store.

Upon its entry in the trade, an employee told him that she could not access it. Rosalie Taillefer-Simard asked him why access was refused.

“She told me that it was because of the plexiglass, but this was not clear. It was not really a good argument. So, I think that it is just the lack of information for the staff”, pleaded the young woman.

It wants to so that traders are aware of the existence of this type of mask and its importance to the community, hard-of-hearing.

“I have nothing against this one person. I think it is just a lack of information that makes it to the shops. They should also be aware that it is a mask for the hearing impaired and deaf”, she said.

Mask with a window: as effective as the other

The body Hearing Quebec does not explain why Rosalie Taillefer-Simard has been denied access to a trade then that she wore a mask with a transparent window.

“I do not understand why they refused to Rosalie to enter this trade, because the government has put online a tutorial to show people how to build one,” explained Jeanne Choquette, president of the organization, in an interview with TVA News.

This tutorial, prepared by Belgium, was approved by the epidemiologists of the country, according to Ms. Choquette.

“The protection is as good as a covers face ordinary,” she said.

Not only for the hearing impaired

This mask with a transparent film allows you to see the mouth. It helps other communities.

“People with autism, people who have a deficiency of the language, immigrants who learn French, the children learning the language, the speech-language pathologists say. People who have dementia, who have a developmental disability,” said the chair of the Hearing Quebec.

“The mask is opaque, it is a failure of communication rather important”, she added.

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