I’m sure that the Deaf Vlog/Blog -o-sphere will soon be buzzing with people discussing the PBS program Through Deaf Eyes.
As I stated in my previous post about this program, I have many hearing individuals who read my blog, and thus I attempt to help them to gain some knowledge of the Deaf Community – to become more aware of our language, our culture, and our issues.
I hope that some of you had the opportunity to watch this program. Of course, I sat on my sofa and watched the entire thing from start to end.
What can I say, gang? This is my story. Those are my eyes. I could identify with much of what was being said…and with what wasn’t said as well. I could identify with the thoughts and the feelings and the frustrations and the sadness and the pain and the pride and the joy and humor and everything else…even if I haven’t personally experienced all of those situations for myself.
It was fun to watch the program and recognize so many of the faces. Some of them were my classmates at Gallaudet. Jack Gannon was my former boss when I worked in the Office of Alumni/Public Relations. Many of the others I have met over the years at Deaf events, conferences, workshops, etc.
I loved the “Planet Eyeth” concept, and the old-fashioned movie surrounding one’s attempt to arrive there.
I enjoyed watching the various films showing Veditz and other Deaf people over the years.
I chuckled at all the “remedies” shown for trying to fix hearing loss. I want to make it known that I have flown in one of those airplanes and even parachuted out of it, and I can attest to the fact that it doesn’t work – I’m still deaf. And hey…if someone wants to introduce me to Sean Connery and see if it shocks me into becoming hearing…I’m more than willing to give it a try!
I remember those audiological tests that I had as a child – I think by the fifth or sixth time, I had memorized that damn “baseball, airplane, playground” list by heart.
I remember having my own “WOW” experience at discovering that there were other people like me, and they used sign language, and we could communicate with each other in this manner. I remember how learning ASL opened up a whole new world to me. Yes, I still speak and I still lipread and I still interact with the hearing world…but the Deaf Community is my home.
It was a well-done program. Powerful. Emotional. Honest. Insightful.
So tell me…what did you think?
Additional Note: I want to encourage people to go to the PBS website to the page about this program – you will find links there for video clips from the program as well as some of the short deaf movies shown, and also a discussion guide that can be used to encourage some thought-provoking discussion for the classroom, groups, or just for your own benefit…perhaps to help you in developing your comment for this blog! You can find the links for these clips here:
videos of some of the interviewees:
videos of some of the short movies shown: