Ice Age: Continental Drift, voiced by many well-known talents such as Ray Romano and Queen Latifah, will also feature a Sign Along choice for fans of American Sign Language (ASL).
ABC Family's Switched At Birth's star, Sean Berdy, and actress Amber Zion are featured in the Signing Picture in Picture option which showcases the content in American Sign Language, GLAD’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Braver, said. For the first time in history, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will be showing ASL on Blu-ray 3D using Berdy and Zion as sign language translators on screen at the Beverly Center. Berdy and Zion both play characters that appear in the picture as ASL translators--as a picture in picture style only available on Blu-ray.
Together with Taubman and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) helped with the process of casting Berdy and Zion to do ASL on-screen translating Ice Age: Continental Drift, worked on the accessibility for the holiday event and also arranged a signing Santa to meet the children at the event. “The Signing Picture-in-Picture concept is such a wonderful way for people of all ages to have equal access and to enjoy the beauty and expressiveness of American Sign Language. Younger children who aren’t able to read yet have this perfect alternative to be able to understand and enjoy the film.” – Dr. Patricia Hughes, GLAD CEO.
Children also will be experiencing Ice Age Ice Palace, actor CJ Jones, said. Santa Claus who will be coming to this event is a CODA member, which means that he was raised by deaf parents.
CJ Jones will be the Master of Ceremony at a private event for Marlton school on Thursday, December 6th. Jones added that there will be a hula hoop show, a magic show, and snow to keep the children entertained. "Signing Santa" will remain at the Ice Palace following the private event and throughout the day to visit with all shoppers, including deaf and hard of hearing children. Deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to visit and sign with Santa from 2:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. The Ice Palace is located on Level 6 Center Court at the Beverly Center at 8500 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.