Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Emmy Nominee - Rachel Coleman's Response
Rachel Coleman wrote:
The Emmy's are for television shows. The Oscars are for movies. There are deaf themed shows as well as deaf actors who have been nominated and won these awards.
I agree let's see more mainstream deaf performers and media so that the deaf can be recognized!
You wouldn't believe how hard it was for us to get ASL on public television. Many stations felt there were not enough deaf viewers to warrant a show introducing ASL. Some felt Signing Time is too educational, others felt ASL was too narrow a niche.
The bottom line is hundreds of thousands of children have now seen ASL in their homes on their TV. When they see a child using signs they CAN communicate with them rather than stare and gawk.
I was tired of my deaf child being left out because so few people knew her language.
Emmy nomination or not. We have made a difference in the lives of children. We have helped hearing parents of deaf children see that having a deaf child is not the end of the world. It is the start of a whole new world of experiences.
Countless children are growing up feeling like they have a deaf friend in my daughter Leah, whether they have met her or only seen her on TV.
This IS progress my friends and I am proud to be a part of it.
*YOU GO GIRL!*