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photo See What I'm Saying
By Thomas Kaufman

This illuminating documentary follows Patricia, a deaf child from a hearing, Spanish-speaking family, through her first year at the Kendall Elementary School of Gallaudet University. It dramatically illustrates how the acquisition of communication skills, particularly sign language, enhances a child's self-esteem, confidence, and family relationships. See What I'm Saying affords viewers the opportunity to witness exceptional teaching, and Patricia's remarkable progress will reassure parents and teachers that deaf children can become successful communicators and active learners whether or not they learn to speak. This program is not only open-captioned, but signed, dubbed and, when needed, translated from Spanish.

31 minutes
© 1992
Purchase $199.00 DVD
Order No. QA-090
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-881-2

Reviews
"The photography is beautiful and intimate, capturing many delightful moments, including a child's sudden kiss on her teacher's cheek and another child's skip and grin as he enters school. A presentation that educates the heart as well as the mind." Childhood Education

"Realistic and natural; emphasizes the importance of learning to communicate through whichever mode is best for the child. Information is presented to the viewer through speech, signing, and subtitles." Five Stars, Video Rating Guide

"This unique resource presents the viewpoints of the child, parent, and teacher. Allows viewers to experience language acquisition and observe positive behavioral changes." Booklist

"Accurately portrays the challenges hearing parents face with their deaf child. It does not hold out false promises, but realistically shows the frustration and anger of the child, the hopes of the parents, and what possibilities lie ahead." Disability Studies Quarterly

Awards & Conference Screenings
CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Apple, National Educational Film Festival
Rehabilitation International Film Festival
Columbus International Film Festival
American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.
Council for Exceptional Children International
Hispanic Deaf Experience

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A Sign of the Times: High school basketball player Diondre can't hear the shouts of coaches, teammates and referees, or the cheers of the crowd. Working with his school's sign-language interpreter, he's become a star.


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