Hello Everyone! We started this weeks show with announcements about a new project from Marlee Matlin- MY DEAF FAMILY! In my opinion, this is a seminole show that is being proposed to be on mainstream television- such as TLC, Discovery or other main networks. (unfortunately, at the time of this (V)Log TLC declined the show)
Why do I feel it is important to be included on network TV? First and foremost – the concept is compelling and honest. This is a show about deaf families and how they are like hearing families- the good, bad and the ugly- as they say! It is also important to widen the understanding of the hearing community as to how deaf individuals and families function – which is “normal”. As the famous past president of Gallaudet University, I King Jordan, once said, “Deaf people can do anything….except hear”.
I also believe that MY DEAF FAMILY has potential to have a high educational impact due to the families being featured as using ASL and English, thus being bilingual and perhaps bicultural! ASL is the fourth most common language in the US. Also, most deaf parents give birth to hearing children, thus the chances of a family comprised of both deaf and hearing members 90% according to conventional research. To assist with the overall understanding of how bilingual-bicultural families, who happen to be deaf and hearing live their lives, is for many a compelling story and worthy of a try on television.
I applaud Marlee Matlin and Sandy Lygren (from Bristol College in MA) for their efforts. Sandy joined my show this week and explained her reasons for why MY DEAF FAMILY should be on network television. I have signed the interview ( or as much as YouTube would allow before they shut me off!). This video is both signed with audio from the podcast playing simultaneously.
For more information about Sandy’s efforts to have people support My Deaf Family visit her FACEBOOK FAN PAGE – http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Want-My-Deaf-Family-on-Television/114671291879633?ref=ts
To watch the pilot on YouTube see the entry below my VLOG or go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Gc85nQK8w
Now for my video blog interview with Sandy: