Below are photos from the event A Show Of Hands: A Dialogue On Deafness In The Media, which took place at 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor at 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, December 8th.
This event included a preview of the upcoming film DeAf Jam by filkmaker Judy Lieff; more information can be found here.
Peter Cook, Judy Lieff, Crom Saunders and Christopher Smith were the panelists who discussed the scenes and implications of the film, the delicacy of the situation, and our current understanding of deaf culture as well as plans for the future.
An increase in understanding deaf culture will lead inevitably to a better rounded portrayal in the media. Some of the current assumptions depicted by the media are erroneous. The common underlying themes in many deaf story lines of isolation, a desperate wish for the ability to hear, and militant deaf characters are all arbitrary presumptions. The representation of deaf culture in media must and will be deaf friendly. The days of false American Sign Language should soon be over.