Saturday 31st of July 2021

stressful, not only for cartoonists...


When Brisbane was placed into lockdown on Monday night and people across the city masked up, teacher Amanda Sterling, who is deaf, braced herself for the communication headaches to come.


Key points:
  • Masks prevent people who are deaf or hard of hearing from lip-reading or seeing facial expressions
  • Deaf Services recognise the importance of masks, encouraged hearing community to learn Auslan
  • Advocates say the needs of deaf community largely remain invisible


For people who are deaf or hard or hearing, face masks can be a literal barrier to communication, concealing the facial expressions and movements that Auslan users and lip-readers rely on.

"Everywhere we go presently is more stressful than normal — normal being difficult anyway — because we can't see people's faces," Ms Sterling, who lip-reads, said.


"I've been struggling trying to do everyday things.

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"Just going shopping is highly stressful. 

"I try to follow those normal social cues — for example, I know the checkout person will ask for cash or card et cetera, but I do get it wrong."


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A number […] are legitimately not able to wear masks so please don't vilify individuals or don’t make the assumption they are simply stubborn. There will be people with medical, behavioural, psychological reasons […] certainly don’t make an assumption that they should be the subject of your ire.

... some people find wearing a mask difficult or distressing. So, to reduce the risk of inflammatory or inappropriate comments being made, we need to understand some of the reasons why:

  • autism — some people with autism spectrum disorders find covering the nose and mouth with fabric can cause sensory overload, feelings of panic, and extreme anxiety
  • disability — some people with a disability can find wearing a mask difficult if they cannot remove one from their face without help. For example, someone with cerebral palsy may not be able to tie the strings or put the elastic loops of a face mask over the ears, due to limited mobility
  • post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety or claustrophobia — people with these conditions can find wearing a mask terrifying and may not be able to stay calm or function while wearing one
  • hearing impairment — people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those who care for or interact with someone who is hearing-impaired, rely on lipreading to communicate. So wearing a face mask can be a challenge
  • facial deformities or physical trauma — may be incompatible with wearing a mask.
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For Alan Cumming, getting used to Australia's relatively low-level coronavirus rules has been a big culture shock after a year of restrictions in New York.





"So, the idea that I've been inside, without a mask — it feels crazy."

Cumming said from his hotel balcony, he could see people walking around the city with no masks on.

"It's also interesting because, you know, my friend, Daniel Radcliffe — I did a play with him right before the pandemic — and he was calling masks 'celebrities' friend', because people don't recognise you because you've got masks on," he said.

"So, on Saturday night, here in Adelaide, when I went out with my friends, it was the onslaught of being in a packed club with people and also not having the celebrities' friend … It was a lot going on."

Routine was important to get through quarantine, as Cumming himself learned from the South Australian authorities who made daily calls to check on the mental health of those in the hotel.

"They said it's actually the people who haven't got anything planned, who just sort of lie in bed and watch Netflix all the time, they kind of go a bit nutty," he said.

"It's hilarious because they say things like, you know, 'are you fine?', and I say, 'yes, yes', and they go 'I'm a doctor, do you have anything you want to ask me?'

"And I think 'well obviously, I want to ask you lots of things because I've not spoken to anyone all day … but it probably wouldn't be a good use of your time'."


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