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Face Masks & Disabilities

08/23/2020

All advice in this blog should not replace medical advice. Be sure to follow updates from the WHO and CDC/Health Canada for the most updated advice on COVID-19 management.  As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the ability to go to stores, restaurants and other public places has been a welcome relief to many after months of isolation. Here in Ontario Canada, the opening of businesses has come with the requirement of all customers to wear a face mask or covering while inside the business (unless seated and eating). These laws are designed to keep everyone safe, while allowing a return to the lives that we have all been missing.  But, how do people with disabilities fit into these laws? The use of facemasks may be a challenge for many people. According to the ADA, the people who may be limited in their ability to use a face mask includes:  Someone who has low fine motor skills or spasticity in their upper body may find putting on or taking a mask off difficultSomeone who relies on lip reading for communication may find it difficult to understand others while they are wearing a mask.Someone who uses a mouth-control for their wheelchair such as...

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