Center for Atypical Language Interpretation
The language relies upon facial expressions to convey important linguistic information. So, wearing an opaque mask is like communicating “a muffled message,” says Lori Whynot, director of Northeastern’s American Sign Language Program. And for Whynot, who is part of a team that interprets Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 press conferences, it’s important that the message be totally clear.