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Live or Face-to-Face Meetings: Coronavirus Impact (Masks, Social Distancing, More)

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Coronavirus Impact: Masks, Social Distancing, More

Coronavirus Impact

If this situation occurs again, and we revert to mask use. Be aware of changes that affect message access:

     -Social Distancing

                - Interpreter distant from speaker, from visuals

                 -Deaf participants have to look back and forth

                 -Visual tracking demands increased

                 -Most speakers don't leave process/lag time          

        -Masks

                  -Covers half the face

                            -Affects comprehension for all (muffled speech)

                             -ASL grammar is based on face visibility

                             -Mouth, eye gaze, eye brows, head tilts, shoulder movements

                             -The affect depends on face visibility

                                          -Use clear mask (tie and use lens cleaner or soap to clean the clear window panel)
                                 -NTID uses BendShape clear anti-fog masks. They come in sizes from XS to L. 

                    -Solutions:

                             -Consecutive Interpreting, mixed into simultaneous interpreting

                             -Interpreter and Deaf Participant could approach Speaker to educate and negotiate
                              "pauses". Presenter speaks, pauses, interpreter summarizes

                                          -pauses from micro to more, depends on the situation and persons

                                          -must educate all involved, including interpreters

                              -Captioning

                               -must negotiate with DAS (DHH can request, in addition to interpreter given
                                                unusual access issues)

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