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  • - [Reporter] How those who are hard of hearing

  • and sight impaired manage during the pandemic.

  • This is the InsideEdition.com Coronavirus News

  • for May 7th, 2020.

  • David Cowan is the ASL interpreter for the State of Georgia

  • and he's attracted a legion of fans from around the world.

  • His full white beard reminds some people of Santa Claus

  • and his stylish, dark clothes stand out.

  • According to Cowan, it's easier to see his interpreting

  • against a dark background.

  • Fame aside, there are thousands of people

  • who rely on him for critical information.

  • - As an interpreter, I'm really not

  • used to being the one that people are watching

  • because we're very much in the background.

  • - [Reporter] Lauren Havard is an interpreter

  • for the City of Springfield in Missouri.

  • She says more people are noticing her work.

  • - I never want it to be about me,

  • so I'm always like, "Yep, thank you."

  • And I try to move on and just continue the appointment

  • or whatever the job that I'm in,

  • because I never want it to become more about me

  • than the people than I'm working with.

  • - [Reporter] She says the coronavirus

  • has created a new set of challenges for interpreters.

  • - In the beginning of these press conferences,

  • was these vocabulary terms related to coronavirus

  • were still getting established

  • and I had to kinda see what was being accepted

  • by the Deaf community.

  • - [Reporter] And she's mindful of the impact of her work.

  • - Interpreting an accurate message

  • is important all the time,

  • but it feels a little bit more high stakes

  • when you have however many thousands of people tuning in.

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  • - [Reporter] According to the World Health Organization,

  • 5% of the world's population,

  • that's nearly half a billion people,

  • have disabling hearing loss.

  • In Belgium, volunteers sew face masks

  • with see-through mouths.

  • The masks help those with hearing loss to communicate

  • and to understand what others are saying.

  • - And our children need to communicate

  • with the whole entity, your face, the things you say.

  • Not also with the hands, but with the face,

  • the emotions behind the communication.

  • So when we were trying to wear these ones, we made these,

  • they could look at everything we were telling.

  • Even our emotions, the way we move our lips,

  • the way we move our whole face.

  • And they need it to understand

  • the way we communicate with them.

  • They need to see the whole picture,

  • not just moving from the hands and the sign language.

  • - [Reporter] Those who are sight impaired

  • face a different set of challenges during the pandemic.

  • Touch, so important to those who are visually impaired,

  • is now limited in this era of social distancing.

  • - Blind people are very tactile

  • and if they don't have a cane or they don't have a dog,

  • they have to hold on to a sighted human

  • and then their breaking the six foot rule.

  • - [Reporter] Erica Thomas in Florida

  • has had to make several adjustments.

  • For one, she can no longer go to the grocery store.

  • - At this time, with this quarantine,

  • I text my daughter my grocery list and she picks it up.

  • - [Reporter] Thomas also uses resources, such as counseling,

  • provided by groups like Lighthouse for the Blind,

  • to navigate the world.

  • - Once you become visually impaired,

  • it's a whole different mindset

  • and with that mindset you have to find a way

  • to overcome those barriers

  • and not allow those barriers to overcome you.

  • - Our total hospitalization rate is down again.

  • - [Reporter] New York governor, Andrew Cuomo,

  • has received high marks for his frank daily briefing,

  • but not everybody is giving Cuomo an A.

  • A group called Disability Rights New York

  • and four Deaf residents recently sued Cuomo

  • for not including an ASL interpreter

  • during his live briefings.

  • They say New York is the only state

  • that has never provided televised,

  • in-frame ASL interpretation of its COVID-19 briefings.

  • The governor's office said

  • that closed-captioning is provided,

  • but the suit replied that the closed-captioning

  • often contains errors and is not available live.

  • New York state is the epicenter of the coronavirus in the US

  • with more than 20,000 COVID-19 deaths.

  • There are nearly 3.8 million confirmed cases of COVID

  • and more than 260,000 deaths worldwide.

  • Now, Inside Edition's Jim Moret has the story

  • of a UPS man bringing light to his community.

  • - [Jim] Call him the most upbeat UPS driver in America.

  • - These customers of mine give me

  • a sense of pride and accomplishment.

  • - [Jim] For 20 years, Jeremy Squires

  • has been delivering packages in Pittsfield, Massachusetts,

  • but never like this.

  • - Our residential deliveries have completely blown up.

  • - [Jim] Now, in these scary times,

  • Jeremy is on a mission to deliver positivity,

  • profiling many of his customers on Facebook.

  • "Everyone should know Albert Hopper.

  • "Albert is a young age of 97.

  • "Al was the recipient of a purple heart.

  • "He is an American hero."

  • There's also Amelia.

  • "She reached out to me and asked

  • "if I could please stop by on my way home from work.

  • "We communicate through this little window."

  • - When I come up the door,

  • I'm bringing a little bit of normalcy

  • into some people's lives.

  • - [Jim] And here's a shout out to a neighborhood restaurant.

  • "Sabrina is still in the kitchen

  • "cooking for everybody during this pandemic."

  • Restaurant owner Sabrina Tan calls Jeremy

  • a burst of sunshine in these bleak times.

  • - He comes in very cheerful.

  • - By me going out there with a positive attitude

  • has a direct effect on everyone around me.

  • - [Reporter] For more on the coronavirus pandemic,

  • visit InsideEdition.com.

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