Deaf: Hear Me
Carol Duffy visited Gallaudet and presented her documentary, Deaf: Hear Me, a film used by the Deaf community in New Delhi, India to increase awareness, change attitudes and create more equitable opportunities for Deaf people in India. The film was well-received and after the screening, several audience members stated the film reflects many of the same challenges they, too, face whether born in developing countries or in the United States.
The documentary, DEAF: Hear Me was created through the combined efforts of a team of Deaf and hearing colleague in New Delhi, India. The key audiences for the film have been deaf people in India, their families, educators, policymakers, rehab therapists, and the general public. Over the past year, the film has been screened within India at several venues for deaf people, their families and professionals who work with Deaf children and adults. Throughout the screening forums, the film has stirred lively discussion, opened up dialogue between Deaf and hearing participants and received positive feedback.
Some quotes of people who have viewed the film in India:
"In my family I am forced to speak - why? Outside we can write a little to communicate. But in my family I am forced to speak because they can understand my speech, but outside, no one else does."
Young Deaf Man
"When I heard about this movie, I really wanted to bring my mother to see it. At home my parents don't allow me to use Sign, they think it's a bad thing. ... But when my mother was watching the movie, I saw her crying. She told me afterwards she will now try and learn a little Sign Language too."
Young Deaf Adult
"My sister is deaf. I explain everything to her quickly, just the basics. Now I realize how wrong this is."
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International Development Program Instructors Advise Hesperian Foundation
Dr. Charles Reilly and Dr. Amy Wilson acted as advisors to the Hesperian Foundation, a non-profit publisher of books and newsletters for community-based health care, especially for those living in developing countries.
Excellent Resources from Hesperian
Disabled Village Children
A guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families
Helping Children Who are Deaf
A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
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