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The documentary Through Deaf Eyes takes a straightforward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group, use American Sign Language, and often define themselves as “Deaf” — with a capital, and cultural, “D” — and deaf people who, for a variety of reasons, do not identify with the Deaf cultural community. The history often shows that intersections between deaf and Deaf people are many and that oppression and discrimination are common experiences.

This guide accompanies the film and supports facilitators as they engage community members, students, and others interested in the documentary in dialogue about the issues highlighted in Through Deaf Eyes.

The guide is courtesy of WETA – Washington, D.C.

You may download PDF version of the discussion guide.


Note for Educators: Teachers can use these questions as a springboard for discussions about Deaf life in America.