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Linda Bove: Why We Need Deaf Actors in Deaf Role

This speech was made at TEDxIslay in Austin, Texas on May 15, 2010. All of the speakers were deaf. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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4 years, 1 month ago
Yes, Deaf actors should be given first opportunity to play the roles of deaf people in movies/sitcoms etc. Reasoning: who better knows how to move, feel or behave than someone who is Deaf! A hearing person reacts to sound and movement that can be heard. A Deaf person responds to facial cues, body language and movement of hands. If a loud sound happened on a set a hearing person is going to react in a way that a hearing person would. A Deaf person would react if there was vibration or if they took the cue from someone else (another actor perhaps). I would like to see more Deaf actors in movies or even on television besides just small bit parts.

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