“DISABLED INDIVIDUALS CANNOT TELL ANYONE DOWNLOAD THE MASK”
Speaking Impaired Federation President Özgür Tekol said that disabled individuals have difficulty in daily life because the mouth part of the masks we use during the pandemic is closed; “The hearing impaired communicates not only with sign language but also through lip reading. For example, a disabled person uses the lip reading method when asking for something from the waiter or going to the grocery store. However, when the mouth part of the masks we use during the pandemic is closed, disabled individuals start to have difficulties in daily life. At that moment, people with disabilities cannot say to anyone to take your mask off. Due to these difficulties, Eyüpsultan Municipality took action and produced transparent masks for hearing impaired individuals. “We want these masks to be used in public, social areas and hospitals, when everyone is present and when a hearing impaired person comes to us.”
“I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DOCTOR SAID WHEN I GO TO THE HOSPITAL”
Hearing impaired Yeliz Ceylan explained her troubles and said, “I can read lips because the mouth is visible on transparent masks. In the early days of the epidemic, I had difficulty communicating with my mother and father because we did not have a transparent mask. But thanks to this mask, I can communicate better with my mom and dad. For example, when I go to the hospital, I do not understand what the doctor said. Since the doctor cannot download his mask, we try to communicate by writing. These masks should be everywhere, ”he said.