Recently, I started watching Switched at Birth and I am loving it! I have learned so much about ASL (American Sign Language) and the deaf community because of watching the show. Did you know that someone from the deaf community has to assign a hearing person a name sign? These are the kinds of things I have, and you can, learn from watching.
The best thing about this show is that the cast is made up of both deaf and hard of hearing This element makes it more real and genuine. It is also interesting to see how the deaf and hearing characters interact with each other. You can see what each character goes through and how their everyday lives are and have changed. This show has inspired me to learn more about the deaf community and to learn ASL.
I was thinking about it the other day, and realized I think I’ve always been interested in learning. I met a girl in elementary school whose parents were both deaf and she had to learn from a very young age how to communicate with her parents. I asked if she could teach me some signs and she taught me how to sign my name. Unfortunately, I have since forgotten everything she taught me.
Also, I had the chance to learn the language when I was in college but by the time I figured that out it was too late. So, I have decided to learn on my own. In order to do so, I have been searching on my phone’s app store and have found tons of apps. I have actually downloaded one that was designed by Marlee Matlin. Apps are by no means a replacement for actual classes, but this app will get me started.
I definitely recommend watching this show. Not only does it have a great story line, but it imparts a great message to the audience.