A creative way to deal with the pandemic

A WINDOW TO COMMUNICATION—Isabella Appell of Thousand Oaks has created a face mask with a clear vinyl panel that allows lip readers to see what the wearer is saying. Courtesy photo

As the use of masks has become more widespread, members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community have watched their ability to communicate via lip-reading disappear.

To help with the issue, 17-year-old Isabella Appell, an 11th grader at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, created Talking Masks, which feature a clear...

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