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Face coverings in Wales’ secondary schools could have serious consequences for deaf children

November 25, 2020

A press release:

The National Deaf Children’s Society has responded to face coverings becoming compulsory in communal areas in all Wales’ secondary schools.

Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy at the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru, said:
 
“Face masks and coverings in communal areas could have serious consequences for Wales’ 2,500 deaf children, almost all of whom rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate.
 
“Socialising in corridors, break time chats and playground games are all rites of passage, but deaf young people now risk missing out because they can’t understand what others are saying. They’re also more likely to experience loneliness, isolation and bullying.
 
“Public health is the priority, but schools and colleges must move quickly to introduce reasonable adjustments to help deaf young people during this difficult time.” 
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