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New movie to watch for: NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

General Interest   |  Friday, September 26, 2014

By Jillian Winn

NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE is a family drama about a deaf actor who plays a superhero on a TV show who must look beyond the cape to inspire a deaf boy to believe in himself.

Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, NO ORDINARY HERO, featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, is the evolution story in this fictitious family drama. John Maucere stars as Tony Kane who plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang, also deaf, is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. The film is completely open captioned making it fully accessible to deaf, hard of hearing and “signing impaired” audiences.

Directed by Troy Kotsur, who is deaf, and executive produced by Liz Tannebaum, Paul Maucere and John Maucere, who are all deaf and produced by Hilari Scarl and Doug Matejka, the film is now in theaters nationwide.

The film enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at the prestigious Heartland Film Festival and is thrilled to be screening at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival and screening as the opening night film for the Rome International Film Festival where it will receive the Shepherd Award for innovative filmmaking.

NO ORDINARY HERO is screening nationwide at movie theaters and screenings through Tugg. Tickets and bookings are available online at http://www.tugg.com/titles/superdeafy and on the movie website: http://www.noordinaryheromovie.com/

 

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Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Culture   |  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By Jillian Winn

Not sure what you can do to participate in Deaf Awareness Week?  Try to find events in your local area, but if you’re having trouble finding a local Deaf Awareness Week event, a great thing to do is to learn something new about Deaf culture - read some articles, learn a few new signs, or watch a movie about a deaf story.

There are a number of movies that feature deaf stories.

Some of the most well known movies that feature deaf stories include:

  • Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
    Actor Richard Dreyfuss was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal in this movie of a music teacher whose son is deaf.

Movies based on the lives of famous deaf people:

There are movies on Helen Keller (listed above), William Dummy Hoy (2007), Kitty O’Neil (1979), Esther Costello (1957) and others. For a newer released film, check out:

  • The Hammer (2010)
    A movie based on the life of the first deaf NCAA Wrestling Champion and UFC Fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.  Read a review.


Documentaries:

  • Sound and Fury (2000)
    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this documentary is about Deaf culture and one family’s struggle in deciding if their daughter should get cochlear implants.


More Movies:

See a full list of more Deaf culture films and films that feature Deaf actors.

 

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5 Articles for Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Culture   |  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By Jillian Winn

Here are some helpful Signing Savvy articles to check out for Deaf Awareness week:

 

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Deaf Awareness Week is September 22-26, 2014

Deaf Culture   |  Sunday, September 21, 2014

By Jillian Winn

Deaf Awareness Week this year is September 22-26, 2014. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf. Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide.

The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture.  Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness Week encourage individuals to come together as a community for both educational events and celebrations. Find more information on Deaf Awareness Week.

There are many ways to participate in Deaf Awareness Week.  Read about some ways people around the U.S. recognized Deaf Awareness Week last year by reading our 2013 Deaf Awareness Week Recap

Share what you did during Deaf Awareness Week by leaving a comment below, telling us on our Facebook Page, or contacting us.

We will be posting things all week, so check out the Signing Savvy website, Facebook Page, and Twitter for posts and more information on Deaf Awareness Week.

 

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Living Loud: K.T. Maviglia - Miss Michigan and Miss America 2015 Contestant

General Interest   |  Friday, September 19, 2014

By Jillian Winn

This article is part of our "Living Loud" series, which highlights famous deaf people and their impact in the world.

As a follow-up to Marta Belsky's recent blog article on Heather Whitestone, I wanted to tell the story of another Miss America contestant with hearing loss. K.T. Maviglia was crowned Miss Michigan and competed in the 2015 Miss America pageant. She struggled with insecurity when her hearing loss made her different, but credits the Miss America organization for helping her regain self acceptance and self esteem. She says that along with her mom, her role model is Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995 who was deaf. She is now using her Miss Michigan platform to help others with hearing loss.

Background

In fourth grade, at the age of 9, K.T. Maviglia was getting confused in the classroom and her teacher noticed she was learning differently than the other students. Her hearing was tested and it was discovered that she had sensorineural hearing loss and auditory discrimination disorder.

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to an issue in the inner ear and is most often caused by hair cell abnormalities. Sensorineural hearing loss can range from mild to severe hearing loss, including total deafness.  K.T. had moderate hearing loss and opted to wear hearing aids, which amplify sounds at preset frequencies to target the ranges effected by the hearing loss. In addition to wearing hearing aids and a battery pack, her teacher wore a microphone and four speakers were added to her fourth grade classroom.

K.T. struggled with the change.  She told TODAY.com, “I went from being the popular kid to the kid who needed special attention. It was hard for me to accept as part of who I was.”

She boycotted her hearing aids altogether in high school and tried to compensate by sitting in the front of the classrooms and asking extra questions.

Becoming an Advocate for Hearing Loss

Now, at 22, she proudly wears her hearing aids and is using her Miss Michigan and Miss America contestant platforms to advocate for those with hearing loss. She told MLIVE.com, "The Miss America organization is what made me get back into it because I realized that this is a part of the unique me, it's part of who I am and I need to embrace it."

K.T. founded the KT Maviglia Foundation for Hearing Disabilities in 2012 and chose LISTEN UP: Advocating for those with Hearing Disabilities as her Miss America cause. She also co-authored a legislative bill in Michigan which aims to improve services and insurance coverage for children with hearing loss. She hopes to use the Miss Michigan platform to gain support for her bill and wants to work with children with hearing loss similar to her own to help them embrace their differences and encourage them and others, showing that health problems don’t need to hold you back. “No matter what adversity you go through, no matter what challenges you have in your life, you can overcome them, you can deal with them and you can be success.”

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