Examines the cochlear implant and the controversy surrounding it in the deaf community. Shows a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital performing the implant procedure as well as interviews with the president of Gallaudet University and the director of the Deafness Research Foundation.
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Cochlear implants could soon make a lifetime of profound deafness a thing of the past—and in the process bring an end to America's vibrant Deaf culture. In this program, NewsHour correspondent Betty Ann Bowser takes a balanced look at the implications of cochlear implant technology on the Deaf community. Dr. John Niparko, director of The Listening Center at Johns Hopkins; King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University; and others share their markedly different perceptions of cochlear implants, with some portraying them as miraculous assistive devices and others as a baneful attempt by the well-meaning hearing majority to "fix" the Deaf.
We think in words—without access to them, how does one construct thoughts? Adam and Mark are 12-year-old boys born deaf and blind. With no exposure to language, how do they communicate with their parents? This fascinating program provides a window into the world of those who are deafblind. Gaela and Graham, two remarkable deafblind adults who lost their hearing after childhood, describe their lives and experiences—including how Graham jet skis. Using special effects that simulate sensory deprivation and compensation, the video illustrates how people such as Gaela and Graham are able to lead fulfilled, even adventurous lives. Original BBCW broadcast title: Deafblind.
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"Trix Bruce's stories are those of culture clashand connection, contact and confusion, and the many ways which language and identity can twiest our perceptions of each other. You will enjoy her energetic style, witty delivery, poetic grace, and open-hearted honesty while you gain a realistic perspective of life as a deaf person among the hearing"
"This educational documentary shows Deaf people struggling for the basic rights enjoyed by Deaf people in the United States and other countries. Covering issues faced by many Deaf people - lack of governmental support for Deaf education, language rights, and acceptance from the ’mainstream’ population - this look inside of Deaf Mexico reveals how community helps people carve out good lives"
*Signed, with voice-over in English, closed captioning, and English and Spanish subtitles.
"Manny Hernandez is one of our most renowned American Sign Language (ASL) storytellers of our time. He shares with us thirteen of his classic stories, which have delighted audiences all over the world since 1988."
Nathie Marbury tells stories about her upbringing as a deaf child growing up in a large family in Pittsburgh. Included are her powerful ASL poems along with deleted stories and biographies. *In American Sign Language and subtitle options in English.
Explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. Presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of deaf citizens. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven throughout the documentary that compliment the core of the film. *Closed-captioned.
The Treasure showcases the original works of renowned Deaf poet Ella Mae Lentz. An an hour-long DVD, this native-daughter of the Deaf community gives passionate expression to personal and social observations in exquisite American Sign Language (ASL).Through the powerful imagery and rhythms of ASL, Ella creates an intimate portrayal of both her own life's joys and challenges and her community's bonds and clashes.