March 22, 2019
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#DeafTalent: Deaf activist Chella Man cast for “Titans” Season 2

Deaf YouTuber, Model, and Artist, Chella Man, will be adding ‘actor’ to his resume, as he is lined up to appear in Season 2 of DC Universe’s action-adventure series, “Titans.”

The show is based on DC Comics, “Teen Titans.” The

February 21, 2019
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How Comedian D.J. Demers is making comedy accessible

Have you ever missed a joke because you couldn’t hear a punchline or missed the visual cue that insinuated its comedy? Being surrounded by others engulfed in laughter while you sit by in silence can feel isolating, but one comedian

December 28, 2018
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All you need to know about 2018 #DeafTalent

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a perfect time to reflect on this year of #DeafTalent in the media.

From shining stars to raising deaf awareness, here’s how the industry is slowly coming to realize the potential of deaf …

October 9, 2018
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‘The Listening Project’ shares stories of life with cochlear implants

A new film about people with cochlear implants aims to inform viewers about life with hearing loss technology. Dr. Jane Madell, a renowned pediatric audiologist, and director Irene Taylor Brodsky tell us more about the film’s conception and reactions.  

 The …

October 8, 2018
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#deaftalent:”The Walking Dead” casts deaf actress Lauren Ridloff

Lauren Ridloff, a deaf actress, well known for her role in “Children of a Lesser God” will star in Season 9 of “The Walking Dead” as a deaf character

Ridloff is the first deaf actress to join the zombie show. …

September 27, 2018
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‘Eight Stories About Hearing Loss’: An upcoming film aiming to change perceptions of disabilities

What does it feel like to have hearing loss?

Argentinian filmmaker Charo Mato, takes us into the eyes and ears of people living with hearing loss in her upcoming film “Eight stories about hearing loss.”…

September 21, 2018

Deaf community speaks out against new film ‘The Silence’

A recent Twitter storm spiraled as the Deaf community responded to an article published by  The Hollywood Reporter (THR) highlighting John Leonetti’s new film; “The Silence”, which premieres in December.

The film features a hearing actor playing a Deaf role, …

September 12, 2018

‘Deaf Out Loud’: Bringing deaf and hearing worlds together

People familiar with hearing loss know that every family is different; one communication modality that works for one may not for another. But the general public is largely ignorant.

For example, Manny Mansfield and his wife Sheena are deaf and …

August 7, 2018

Optimizing the movie theater captioning experience

Most times when Stacey Carroll, who has a profound hearing loss, goes to the movies, either the captions in the glasses only pick up every other line or the device stops working altogether.

She’s usually with other (hearing) people, who …

July 5, 2018
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Deaf and hard of hearing Netflix viewers are calling for better closed captions

After the second season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” was released in mid-June, deaf and hard of hearing fans have been asking Netflix for better and accurate closed captions to make the show accessible.

According to Huffington Post writer Jenna Amatulli, …

May 2, 2018
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Art mirrors reality in film ‘Lacrimosa’ by deaf filmmaker Austin Chapman

“Lacrimosa” is the name of the first song Austin Chapman heard with his Phonak hearing aids, which is the last song Mozart composed.

“Lacrimosa” is also defined as “day of tears” or the final movement in a requiem.

This …

April 25, 2018
Nailed It

‘Nailed It’ contender proves deaf people can do anything, even bake badly

Megan Swanson wanted to step out of her comfort zone. She’s used to being behind the camera, but figured she should be more daring.

She adopted this mindset three years ago when she moved to California from Chicago without a …

April 10, 2018

New horror film ‘A Quiet Place’ starring deaf actress Millicent Simmonds highlights various aspects of deaf culture

The new horror film starring Millicent Simmonds, “A Quiet Place”, is another film to hit the cinemas highlighting deaf culture.

Stars also include John Krasinski (director), and Emily Blunt. The film is set in the future and focuses on …

March 13, 2018
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Is Oscar winner ‘The Shape of Water’ spreading deaf awareness?

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
March 9, 2018
Oscars

Why this year’s Oscars was important for deaf culture

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 “…

March 5, 2018

‘The Silent Child’ wins Oscar for Live Action Short Film

The Silent Child, a short film based on a true story about a deaf child, won an Oscar on Sunday night. 

This was an emotional moment for writers Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton as they received their first Oscar …

February 27, 2018
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Can’t hear the T.V.? 3 tips for watching television with hearing loss

Is hearing loss spoiling your enjoyment of watching television? 

If you have trouble following what is being said on television, you are not alone. According to NIDCD’s estimates, approximately 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids.…

February 23, 2018

Meet Kyle Schulze, the Deaf Ninja on show ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Kyle Schulze is constantly overcoming obstacles. Literally, as he is an obstacle athlete, best known on the show NBC show America Ninja Warrior. He is also deaf and goes by the nickname ‘Deaf Ninja’.

Schulze started his obstacle training …

February 20, 2018

Review: ‘This Close’ sparks important discussions on complexities of deafness

“This Close,” the first Hollywood TV series to have deaf writers, producers,and creators, is setting a bar for future shows to reach in terms of representation.

The show, which debuted on Sundance Now last week, is breaking the mold for …

February 1, 2018

TV series ‘This Close’ starring two deaf actors premieres February 14

The show “This Close” is premiering February 14 and will be the first Hollywood TV series to have deaf writers, producers, and creators.

This is huge progress and we hope that this sets the standard for TV series and movies …