I actually then went on to direct an after-school special where one of the characters was deaf. They hired me without even knowing I had any connection to the community.
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Spelling is very easy to practice yourself whereas signing is not. So I would sit on the subway riding around New York and I would spell whatever I would see. When I watched a movie I would spell words as they came up.
You have to give people the opportunity to prove themselves.
I know deaf people. I have discussed the issues with them I've also thought about them a lot so I have some insights that go a little further than people who haven't had contact with the deaf community.
When I am around a deaf person for about an hour I start relaxing and it starts coming to me easier. Right now I'm pretty rusty though.
There is no relation to sound for deaf people. It is a totally different mental process.
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