The Unheard Journey of Deaf Nebraskans
Air Date: 06/25/2015
The Unheard Journey of Deaf Nebraskans celebrates the rich history and culture of Nebraska’s Deaf community. Through historical narrative and personal stories, viewers will see, perhaps for the first time, how Deaf Nebraskans have contributed to the overall community and continue to thrive. Deaf people learn to communicate with hearing people from the time they are born. Yet, the hearing world perceives that they are the ones making accommodations for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
This Connects documentary produced in partnership with the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing features people who do not experience deafness as a disability, but rather utilize a different mode of communication. What they do need is to be included, to be seen, and to be acknowledged for their contributions.
Viewers are invited to enter the conversation with deaf people, whether it be through sign language, using paper and pencil, or texting. When they do enter the conversation, they will come to see the silent chasm between hearing and deaf people for what it is – a language and communication barrier - not a disability.