Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sensory-Friendly Face Masks from Rafi Nova! #SensoryFriendlyMask

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Rafi Nova for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?  To celebrate, Easterseals Southern California has teamed with socially conscious lifestyle brand Rafi Nova, pioneer of the clear Smile Face Mask, to develop a Sensory-Friendly Mask to benefit children and adults with autism and other disabilities or anyone who finds wearing a conventional mask uncomfortable.

Did you know about one-in-54 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and about one-in-six children aged 3–17 years (17%) were diagnosed with a developmental disability as reported by parents, during a study period of 2009-2017? These included autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, blindness and cerebral palsy, among others.

 Rafi Nova, the premier New England mask maker partnered with ESSC to design a mask with reduced stimuli to address the concerns of people with sensory sensitivities, consulting more than a dozen of Easterseals’ therapists and other licensed and certified staff and working with people who receive services from ESSC, as well as their families and other community members. Over a three-month period, multiple prototypes were tested and revised to achieve a maximally beneficial mask—soft, structured, safe, secure—that provides both comfort and function.

The 100% Mulberry silk lining reduces friction and adjustable jersey knit straps clasp behind the head instead of pinching the ears.

The mask has a minimal design and limited seaming, an adjustable nose bridge ensures the perfect fit and decreases glasses fogging, special construction lifts the mask off the mouth and highly breathable cotton is used on the exterior.

The mask has an antibacterial layer and is reusable and machine washable.  A clasp on the back ensures ease of putting on and removal. 

When not on the face, the mask may safely remain on the person and not be lost thanks to an extra strap feature that fastens it behind the neck. 

We are really enjoying our Rafi Nova face masks!

The Sensory-Friendly Mask retails for $14 (child sizes) and $16 (adults). They are available in light blue, light pink, hunter green, black and “Over the Moon” (kids sizes only) at Rafi Nova.  A portion of each purchase will be donated to Easterseals Southern California when you use code: ESSC

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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