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Coronavirus Lockdowns Are Creating Big Challenges For Deaf Students Being Forced To Leave College

Growing up in Florida, Kelleher, like many of her peers, didn’t have any deaf or hard-of-hearing friends. Until she came to Gallaudet, she used hearing aids to “help keep up in conversations.” Most deaf people (around 80%) are born to hearing families, many of whom do not learn ASL.

It’s lonely and isolating, she said, but it’s something you get used to because you have to…

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