At the recent 90th Academy Awards, two films addressing deaf-related issues were rewarded with Oscars. The result of their wins has led to an increase in deaf awareness, including the freedom of choice a deaf person has when choosing their method(s) of communication.“The Silent Child” and “The Shape of Water” both surprised many with their achievements. The two films couldn’t be any more different, but what they do have in common is the use of sign language in both films.
This year’s Academy Awards was a big win for deaf culture. Not one, but two winning films featured important themes for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, as well as deaf diversity in Hollywood.The films “The Silent Child,” and “The Shape of Water,” which won an Oscar for best Live Action Short Film and Best Picture respectively, showcased deaf actors and sign language. The reactions for these films have been overwhelming, and potentially show a big change to come.
An 82-year-old British actress is opening up about her hearing loss, and proving she isn’t afraid to flaunt her “Earing Aids.”
Amanda Barrie, who acted in the series Coronation Street, told the Daily Mail about her hearing loss, and getting fit with hearing aids after struggling to follow conversations with coworkers and friends. When she felt like background noise was drowning out their voices, she says she slowly came to realize, “maybe it’s not the restaurant, maybe it’s me.”
Becoming deaf at the age of two hasn’t stood in the way of Stacey Valle’s dreams of traveling the world and reporting her experiences through her blog ‘Deafinitely Wanderlust’.
After backpacking and meeting D/deaf people around the world, Stacey noticed that there were many who were interested in traveling, but faced challenges and lacked accessibility, just as she has. This sparked inspiration to start her blog Deafinitely Wanderlust.
Over the last few years, social media has been on the rise along with advances in technology, connecting those all over the world.
According to a recent report by Hootsuite and We Are Social, there are over three billion social media users, and a majority of those users are teenagers. They say it’s the generation of the ‘Digital Age,’ and although there are negative perceptions that go along with teens using social media, deaf teens often have a different, more positive experience with social media use.
Deaf model and activist Nyle DiMarco took to Twitter to express his frustrations of not being able to access a subtitled cinema showing.
After walking out of a screening of Marvel’s Black Panther, DiMarco described that the terrible closed-captioning device which skipped lines and scenes, left him feeling “so disabled”.
Six-year-old profoundly deaf actress, Maisie Sly, and former Hollyoaks star, Rachel Shenton, will be jetting off to Hollywood! The film that they star in, The Silent Child, has been nominated for an Oscar.
The Silent Child, a short film written by Rachel and Chris Overton, tells the story a deaf child called Libby (Maisie Sly) who is born into a hearing family with limited knowledge about deafness. Once a social worker, Joanne (Rachel Shenton), comes along to teach the girl sign language, her family sees a remarkable change in her behavior and happiness.
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