(For Immediate Release) August 13, 2020 –The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Como Foundation to produce and provide clear masks to Canadians that break down barriers and provide accessible communication solutions. The Como Foundation designs and manufactures clear masks to enable effective communication with those who are hard of hearing or deaf.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created unprecedented circumstances that are impacting the health and social wellness of all Canadians. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, the impact of physical distancing and the legislated use of face masks that hide the mouth has created additional challenges.
“We want to highlight that these masks benefit everyone and encourage those in certain healthcare, retail and other services to promote the practice of wearing clear masks as a standard universal approach. We are proud to partner with the Como Foundation in finding solutions that are breaking down communication barriers during these challenging times,” said Marilyn Kingdon, President and Chair of the CHHA National Board of Directors.
“The Como Foundation’s Access mask provides a new level of communication while wearing a mask. We are proud to be partnering with the CHHA to help bring awareness and champion accessibility across the country,” said Max Cucchiella and Sarah Veinot Co-Founders The Como Foundation
- Typically, people with hearing loss need to be close to hearing others and to read their lips because this aids in facilitating effective communication.
- Face masks that hide the view of a person’s mouth interfere with the ability to understand the other party and may negatively affect a person’s ability to engage and be served due to misunderstandings and lack of communication accessibility.
Purchase a mask
- Visit CHHA.ca to access information and link to purchase the clear masks.
About the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) was established in 1982 and is Canada’s leading consumer advocacy organization representing the needs of the nearly 4-million people living with hearing loss. With a network across Canada, CHHA works cooperatively with hearing loss professionals, service providers, government and provides life enhancing information, support, and advocacy to ensure people with hearing loss are able to overcome barriers in all aspects of their lives. CHHA has a global reputation in developing and delivering a wide range of initiatives that have challenged the status quo when working with people with hearing loss. As a leader in the sector, CHHA is sought after to provide comments and feedback on various policy initiatives, identify best practices and develop and test technology, which in return has advanced the quality of life for people living with hearing loss.
To learn more about the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, visit www.chha.ca
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Gordana Mosher Manager, Communications, Events & Fundraising
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
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