Deaf actress launches reality TV show
Marlee Matlin, a deaf actress, and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Sara Rose, attended the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Marlee tweeted, “I am so glad I’m Deaf. Every time they mention Justin Bieber or Taylor Lautner, 10,000 girls SCREAM here at Nickelodeon’s #KCA!!” ‘
Marlee Matlin received the Best Actress Oscar for her motion picture debut in Paramount Pictures' "Children of a Lesser God." At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut.
Did you know?
* Over 90% of all deaf parents have hearing children.
* Approximately 90% of deaf children in the United States are born into homes where the parents are hearing.
* 35 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing.
How do deaf people cope with everyday life?
Marlee Matlin pitched network executives a reality show about a deaf family. She has four children who are deaf and her business partner, Jack Jason, grew up with deaf parents. “Reality” TV regularly serves up bitchy bad girls and bigwigs and battling broods, bachelors and bachelorettes, but they’re not willing to bring viewers anything real, informative and uplifting. Undeterred by the network’s unwillingness to give her show a hearing, Matlin posted the pilot of “My Deaf Family” on the world’s default broadcaster—Utube. Watch 'My Deaf Family' on YouTube here.
Matlin’s pilot of “My Deaf Family” is touching, revealing and funny. The scene where the flying fingers of two siblings fighting is funny, making hearing moms and dads wish that sibling rivalry could be that quiet.
In a Los Angeles Times article, Matlin says, "Deaf and hard of hearing people make up one of the largest minority groups and yet there has never been a show, a reality documentary series that features what life is like for them." Matlin financed the show, which tells the story of a family in Fremont, California.
Fifteen-year-old Jared Firl, who is hearing, provides courageous and enlightening insight on how his family overcomes prejudice and disabilities. Both his parents work at the largest school for the deaf in the United States, The California School for the Deaf.
As single parents we’re always looking for ways to encourage our children to overcome their circumstances. And this TV show is one way solo parents can show our children that no matter the difficulties of life, you can succeed.
For more information:
American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC)
3820 Hartzdale Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(800) 942-ASDC (Parent Hotline)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs CO 80903
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is a state-funded school within the Colorado Department of Education. The school was established for the purpose of providing comprehensive educational services for children, birth to age 21, who are blind/low vision and/or deaf/hard of hearing.