LEAP Session: Can You Read My Lips?
Friday, October 14th, 2022
About this event
Can You Read My Lips?
Join us for a captivating conversation with Melissa Hawkins, Director, Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and ASL interpreter, Kendra Barlet, with the Commonwealth of PA.
Ever wonder what it’s like to read lips when you’re deaf & hard of hearing, or why it’s important to have subtitles during zoom meetings? Melissa Hawkins estimates that about 1.5 million people in Pennsylvania are deaf or hard of hearing. “In times of crisis, it is especially critical that we consider the needs of all people to access and understand important information about their health and safety,” Hawkins states.
In her role as director of Pennsylvania’s Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) within L&I’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Melissa Hawkins collaborated with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Department of Health to bring critical information to Pennsylvanians who are deaf and hard of hearing to keep them informed of the latest information related to COVID-19 and the Wolf Administration’s efforts to protect Pennsylvanians.