O.K., O.K., I admit, Sean Berdy isn’t exactly a historical figure… By any stretch of the imagination. But in 20 years he will be, and I’m going to count that.
Sean Berdy is a deaf man who plays a deaf character on the show Switched at Birth. He was really the first well known deaf person to make it into popular hearing culture. He has become very supported and is not oral in any way, he relies totally on signing and his interpreter.
I think it’s fantastic what he’s doing, he tours the country giving motivational speeches and even speaks at graduations. I think he is really bringing deaf-ness to the main stage, so to speak. He doesn’t bend to fit cultural norms, he does what he wants and seems to love the fact that he is deaf. I have a great amount of respect for him and I hope he continues doing whatever it is that’s working for him. He continues to act, and doesn’t try to say he’s not deaf, he actually stresses the good points of being deaf, and isn’t afraid to talk about deaf culture. I hope more people like Sean Berdy come into the spotlight in the near future.
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