GREENBURGH – Students at the New York School for the Deaf in Greenburgh got a special visit from Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin yesterday.
Matlin, who is deaf herself, was at the school to mark the airing of the latest episode of her current ABC Family TV show, “Switched at Birth.” The episode broke ground in that it’s the first TV show produced entirely in American Sign Language. Entitled “Uprising,” it’s about a demonstration organized by deaf students to save their school.
Matlin says the show’s portrayal of several characters who are deaf is something these students can take to heart. “Deaf people can identify with characters on the show. That’s never been done before,” says Matlin. “I think it’s important to have the opportunity for them to be heard and understood.”
The show’s plot is something the kids could identify with since their school nearly closed last year because of budget problems.