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using deaf actors, using hearing actors, using American Sign Language, creating dialogue in scenes that were subtitled ...

and the conflicts the inherent conflicts of deaf and hearing people coming together who may not know about each other, it made everyone who watched the show much more curious and much more interested in their culture and American Sign Language.

So it's not a def show, it's not a hearing show but it's cool to learn something about another culture, it's cool to learn about another language to expose yourself to something you might not necessarily see.

It brings the show which - you might initially label as a teen show - to a higher level.

I think I speak in terms of education, in terms of the importance of American Sign Language, of deaf culture, of accessibility, of the rights for deaf actors to get work or to create authentic roles instead of having them played by hearing people. \u003Cbr\u003E \u003Cbr\u003E [MARLEE] Absolutely proud. The actors, the writers, the directors, and the producers were nothing but awesome, nothing but supportive and I really appreciate it. Whether it came to a sign language or when it came to accommodating deaf actors.

Thanks to the great leadership of Lizzy Weiss everything went so smoothly. I mean first of all there are a lot of actors and actresses writers directors producers who are deaf - even deaf musicians - but they don't get the opportunity to work because when you're talking about roles with disabilities, only 2 percent of people with disabilities actually play disabled roles.And watching this, you get to take in the beauty of sign language. You know, I used to think of watching things separately now I'm watching it with my friends; with people who don't necessarily know how to sign but now see what our perspective is like. So the fact that this episode brought everybody together.And I can always say that I'm so thankful for what [Lizzie Weiss, who wrote the episode] created right there.\u003Cbr\u003E \u003Cbr\u003E [MARLEE]You know, I will never ever say that I regret that moment. \u003Cbr\u003E \u003Cbr\u003E [TOM] When you're interviewed -- this interview is admittedly no exception -- there are a lot of questions about deafness and about representation on screen. Do you ever feel like you're always being asked to speak for deaf people? Because I know I don't speak for all deaf people but I speak for what I believe are our rights. And I take advantage of the presence that I have in the media. \u003Cbr\u003E \u003Cbr\u003E [TOM] There are so many people behind a show like \"Switched at Birth.\" It's the creation of so many people working behind the scenes, people who are writing, people who are directing, and of course people who are acting in it.I do not regret that moment because I knew what my intentions were. I speak for what I believe we deserve in terms of accessibility. But I'm also a friend and a mother and an author and a producer and an advocate. And if there's something that I feel that I need to speak up about when it has to do with the deaf community, for sure, I'm right there in the front making a loud noise. But Marlee, I can't help but think that you must be somewhat proud that a show like this has gone on the air and has had this impact. I would have liked to have seen more deaf people working on the show behind the scenes. We do offer contributions if given the opportunity, we do have ideas if given the opportunity and a show like \"Switched at Birth\" is perfect for that.

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