‘Switched at Birth’s’ Impact on Deaf Culture + Common Misconceptions of Deaf People
by HUGO MEJIA
NOVEMBER 7TH, 2015
ABC’s “Switched at Birth,” is a show that many of us know as two girls who discover that they were switched at birth (hence the show’s title). Actress Katie Leclerc, portrays Daphne one of the show’s main characters who is deaf. Consequently, throughout the show, viewers are given insight on deaf culture.
Here are a few of the many interesting topics that “Switched at Birth” has helped shed light on regarding deaf culture:
1. Sign Language is NOT universal
On “Switched at Birth,” there’s an episode where Daphne encounters a deaf person who communicates in Mexican Sign Language. Just as every country has its own spoken language, each country has its own unique sign language.