For Many With Autism, Masks Are Unbearable. Two Organizations Teamed Up To Change That. – Forbes

Easterseals Southern California and Rafi Nova teamed up to create a mask that would be comfortable for people with autism and other sensory sensitivities to wear. EASTERSEALS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA & RAFI NOVA

For Howard McBroom, comfort is crucial. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, though, McBroom has found himself uncomfortable far too often.

The culprit? Masks—like millions of Americans, he’s been wearing them to help stem the tide of the coronavirus.

McBroom has autism, a developmental disability that impacts a person’s verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction. Many people with autism experience sensory sensitivities, and for McBroom, covering his face with a traditional mask has made it difficult to speak, often causing feelings of claustrophobia.

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