"My Deaf Family" - Marlee Matlin's New Youtube Series
Posted Apr 01 2010 10:28am
If you haven't seen My Deaf Family yet, go check it out ! Or watch the pilot here (yes, it is captioned)
I saw this yesterday after several bloggers posted about it. Marlee Matlin is producing this show about Jared, a hearing 15-year-old who lives with the five other members of his family, four of whom are deaf. The 10-minute pilot, linked and embedded below, covers the basics of Jared's family, his family's use of American Sign Language and a visit to his siblings' school for a basketball game.
I really enjoyed this first episode. Jared's family is just like any other family, really. They fight, play basketball in the street, order pizza for dinner and take road trips. The unique thing is that they mostly communicate with American Sign Language, and of course their Deafness changes the way they interact with the world (for example, they order pizza by video relay, and the mom talks a bit about how she approaches hearing people about her loss).
Everyone in the video has something interesting to say about hearing loss. The mother in particular is opinionated and has a lot to say, while the dad seems more thoughtful and quiet. Jared obviously loves and supports his family. Only thing is - I feel like somebody is going to end up in an accident if the driver keeps signing at 75 miles per hour on the freeway! ('Course, same thing can happen if you love to talk and gesture!)