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Indiana School for the Deaf principal Andy Alka talks about the challenges the school has faced during the pandemic Oct. 6, 2021, at ISD in Indianapolis. Alka is hearing and speaks fluent American Sign Language. “Students often forget that I’m hearing,” he said. "It means I’ve learned enough. I fit in."

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Indiana School for the Deaf student Nicholle Bradach talks about the struggles she has faced as a deaf individual during the COVID-19 pandemic Oct. 9, 2021, at ISD in Indianapolis. She said it is difficult to tell when people are trying to talk to her because of masks.

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Indiana School for the Deaf student Nicholle Bradach talks about the struggles she has faced as a deaf individual during the COVID-19 pandemic Oct. 9, 2021, at ISD in Indianapolis. Bradach has been attending ISD since she was in preschool.

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IU senior Katherine Brown walks to class Nov. 29, 2021, on campus. Brown said IU’s Disability Services in the Division of Student Affairs has accommodated her well.

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IU professor Debbie Gessinger helps students in her American Sign Language class Oct. 20, 2021, at Lindley Hall. Gessinger also teaches ASL classes on Zoom.

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IU professor Debbie Gessinger helps students in her American Sign Language class Oct. 20, 2021, at Lindley Hall. She and her students wear clear masks in class so they can accurately communicate using ASL.

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IU professor Rob Loveless teaches his Deaf Culture class Sep. 29, 2021, in Ballantine Hall. Loveless said the transition to teaching American Sign Language online was a big change for the professors. “It was almost as if we were beginning a new profession,” he said.

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