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Post  Cluelesskitty on Sun 05 Feb 2012, 12:32 am

Has anyone seen this TV show yet?:
Switched at Birth

http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-birth

It's about this two families whose daughters were switched in the hospital at birth.
One of them is deaf.

As you can imagine, this is something special for me (as I am hearing impaired myself)

It's not the most sophisticated a show, but there is not that many out there
that would tackle the deaf/Hoh issues so this one gotta do.

Please watch it for me! - it will help you understand the deaf world a little bit better.

And, thanks! :]

Risa

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Re: Switched at Birth...

Post  Porsche Fan on Tue 07 Feb 2012, 11:53 am

sorry risa, i haven't seen it yet. i'll have to check it out.
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Post  Cluelesskitty on Wed 08 Feb 2012, 7:41 pm

Thanks, PF! You can watch these episodes on the ABC site.
It's a family show, directed mostly toward young audience, but still worth seeing.

I will be delighted if you do! or anyone else!

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Post  VickiG on Sat 18 Feb 2012, 4:26 am

I haven't seen the show, but I thought I'd comment on the deaf community. I took ASL (American sign language) senior year of high school, and it was interesting to learn about the deaf community. I learned that they have their own culture and communities. In fact, my teacher told me about a friend of hers who has some degree of hearing but whose parents are completely deaf. Because her entire family had gone to Gallaudette (sp?), the only college devoted entirely to the deaf, she was devastated to be turned down because of her limited hearing. So the next year, she faked her hearing test to not admit being able to hear anything and got into the school!

I have never been to this theater, but there is a deaf theater in Los Angeles called Deaf-West, where they sign everything and have the speech available through earphones. Some day I hope I can make it to that theater! I've heard it's spectacular!
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Post  Cluelesskitty on Sat 18 Feb 2012, 6:59 pm

Wow Vicky,

You are fantastic kiddo!
Kudos to you for taking the time and interest to know the Deaf Community.
I didn't do that in such lengths as you did!

Yes it is true there is Deaf Community with their own language and culture.
You were close to spelling the university name - a Gallaudet
http://www.gallaudet.edu/


The little known but interesting fact about the American Sign Language is - this is not actually English.
It is not.
ASL has it's own grammar and syntax, that is totally different from American English.
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/asl.aspx#4

However, the deaf people who are born in USA use spoken English to communicate verbally and in writting
and by way of fingerspelling.
Generally, you use the spoken language of the country you were born in.

Myself, I don't know any sign language - since I was losing my hearing slowly over the years, I was raised as "hearing",
and missed the Deaf scene. I am sorry I did, because now I really need to know ASL but with migraines and other health
problems I have neither strength nor energy to learn any.

But because I don't know ASL I am missing a lot, for example I won't understand in the theater - neither ASL nor a
spoken language :[
I hope at least you will Vicky. If you get to go someday, let us know how did you liked it!

Risa


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