School has been incredibly difficult for students during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s been even more challenging for deaf students. In this video we, visit a school for deaf and blind children in Colorado and learn about pupils’ struggles in the midst of Covid-19-related health measures.

As we learn, social distancing and mask wearing have taken their toll in a long year of uncertainty and health fears.

Deaf culture sees people typically keeping close proximity with friends, so as to be able to tap them on the shoulder to get their attention and chat, while deaf communication relies on seeing people’s mouths and faces, and being able to touch your own face as you sign.

Having these things taken away poses tremendous difficulties in terms of making progress in class, not to mention, generates a feeling of intense loneliness in an already lesser-known world.

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