Did you know Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has published a page of ASL coronavirus resources?
During this pandemic, Deaf and hard of hearing people may have more challenges than usual with:
- job loss or reduction in income because of layoffs and closures
- basic communication, as many people’s faces are covered with masks
- social isolation and mental/emotional stress from staying at home
- stress from fear of exposure to COVID-19, or getting COVID-19 and trying to communicate with health care workers wearing PPE
The COVID-19 ASL page includes:
- Links to ASL videos about COVID-19
- Communication resources
- Emergency resources (e.g., food, housing)
- Mental health and resources for emotional well-being
- More resources for people with disabilities are also available at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus under “Community Resources for Specific Groups.”
- Communication cards available, including a new one designed to help people who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate about COVID-19 symptoms: http://ow.ly/ISud50zTM4p
- The card includes graphics about symptoms and duration and is intended for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing to use to communicate when they think it’s most appropriate.