20-year-old Chrissy Marshall has been raising awareness about the Deaf community on TikTok, including the challenges they are currently facing in this pandemic. 

After losing her hearing in her final year of high school, Chrissy uses American Sign Language as her main form of communication, and even teaches ASL lessons to her 1.1 million TikTok followers.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges, which she discusses on the platform.

“Masks have been a nightmare,” she told Buzzfeed.

In one of her videos – titled ‘Pandemics require patience’ – she even delves into the issue of face masks.


Pandemics require patience 💜 #pandemic #deaf #asl #awareness #wholesome #educate #todaysyearsold #backyardboy

♬ Backyard Boy – Claire Rosinkranz


Rather than requiring somebody to take off their mask, she relies instead on social cues and spacial awareness.

“I’ve had a lot of really rude encounters these last few months and very few people are patient enough to write or type with me. I handle my frustration by trying to just turn around, educate online, and carry a notepad wherever I go,” she told the publication.

If you want to learn more about the deaf community (and even some ASL), you can watch Chrissy’s videos here.

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