Lockdown rules silencing deaf community

Jillian Alexander has always been an outgoing and chatty person. But when lockdown hit, Alexander - who's deaf - was struck by a silence she's never known before. Alexander communicates by reading lips, but this became a near-impossible task whenever she was out, due to the obligatory wearing of masks. eNCA's Monique Mortlock has the story. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Masks may be protecting us from COVID-19, but it's cutting the deaf community off from the world.

A Cape Town woman is raising awareness about the challenges deaf people are facing during lockdown.

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities is calling for help for those left in the dark.

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The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities says it's not just masks that have been a challenge for the deaf community. 

"We had many enquiries from people who were depressed, who felt isolated, people who were totally uninformed about many issues related to COVID-19," said the council's Fanie du Toit.

"And because the media wasn't accessible to people with hearing loss, it had a big emotional impact on many people's lives."

eNCA's Monique Mortlock reports.


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