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How Switched at Birth Took Up Social Justice Issues Within and Beyond the Deaf Community

The original premise of Freeform’s compelling drama Switched at Birth was an immediate pull. Two young girls who were literally switched at birth, get to know each other, their real families, and the lives they would have had if not for the switch. Sprinkle in the added surprise that one of the girls is deaf, and there’s endless stories to tell which relate to social justice and social consciousness of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Yet Switched at Birth has gone above and beyond its promise to tell important stories. Not only has the drama shown the depth of issues about and within the construct of hearing loss, it has reached far beyond that to include important social issues rarely touched upon in television or anywhere else. Switched at Birth has proven they are not afraid to shy away from difficult topics. Moreover, they haven’t been afraid to accept the reality that many of the social justice issues they’ve touched upon don’t get a happy resolution, or sometimes any resolution. Such is life, and for a fictional drama the story remained as emotionally close to the truth as possible. From the very beginning there was a clear dialogue about deafness and American Sign Language. How would parents who have never interacted with a deaf person before learn to accept and communicate with their own deaf daughter? The conversations over various therapies and Cochlear implants was approached from different perspectives. Daphne Vazquez spent her whole life without a cochlear implant and was happily immersed in a school for the deaf. The mother that raised her made the decision she believed was in her child’s best interest, while Daphne’s biological parents believed an implant would give their daughter the best shot at a normal life. It was a serious conversation which is almost always discussed when a parent finds out their child is deaf, and the show was true to every single possible perspective on the subject. READ MORE...

Switched at Birth EP Talks Love Triangle Fallout, Emmett's 'Real and Scary' Arc

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Tuesdays Switched at Birth premiere. China is for lovers? During Switched at Births fifth and final season premiere on Tuesday night, Bay made her choice between ex Emmett and his BFF Travis when the latter came to China for a visit and ended up staying for months. The new [] //tvline.com/2017/01/31/switched-at-birth-recap-season-5-premiere-bay-travis-emmett-depression/

Switched at Birth: What [Spoiler]'s Confession Means for the Final Season

  [Warning: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday's season premiere of Switched at Birth. Read at your own risk!] The fifth and final season of Switched at Birth kicked off with an emotional start when Bay ( Vanessa Marano ) and Daphne ( Katie Leclerc ) were called back from their year away in China ...Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/switched-at-birth-season-5-premiere-emmett-confession-depression/?rss=breakingnews

Switched at Birth EP Talks About the Call (It's 'Big'), Bay's Romantic Choice

When Switched at Birth last aired in 2015 (!), the serieshad skippedahead in its timeline and thanks to Freeform, it turns out that 10-month jump is in real time for viewers, executive producer Lizzy Weiss tells TVLine with a laugh. After a very lengthy hiatus its actually been a15-month wait for the fans [] //tvline.com/2017/01/31/switched-at-birth-spoilers-season-5-bay-emmett-travis/

'Switched at Birth' Boss on "Frustrating" 15-Month Delay, Shortened Final Season

Creator Lizzy Weiss also discusses the series' 10-month time jump onscreen and the "emotional" 100th episode.  ...Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/9GCJ4mq1u1o/switched-at-birth-boss-final-season-970246

Switched at Birth, a Series Illuminating a World Without Words

This show on Freeform, whose final season begins on Tuesday, has explored issues for the deaf and the hearing-impaired in thought-provoking ways. ...Read More... //www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/arts/television/switched-at-birth-a-series-illuminating-a-world-without-words.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Switched at Birth: China Delivers a Different Bay and Daphne for the Final Season

  Fans have grown up with Bay ( Vanessa Marano ) and Daphne ( Katie Leclerc ) Kennish-Vasquez over the past five seasons of Switched at Birth -- from finding out they went home with the wrong biological families at birth, to dating each others' best friends, rebellious streaks and coping with the death of ...Read More... ...   //www.tvguide.com/news/switched-at-birth-season-5-preview-lizzy-weiss-interview/?rss=breakingnews

Switched at Birth's Final Season Will Turn the Girls into the People They Want to Be

Switched at Birth fans have watched Daphne ( Katie Leclerc ) and Bay ( Vanessa Marano ) grow up from high school sophomores to young women about to leave college. At the end of the show's final season, which premieres at the end of the month, Bay and Daphne will have grown into the women they've always ...Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/switched-at-birth-final-season-girls-mature/?rss=breakingnews

Switched at Birth Mega Buzz: Will Bay Pick Travis or Emmett?

  The final season of Switched at Birth is nigh, and that means the show's central love triangle will have to be resolved... right? When we last saw her, Bay ( Vanessa Marano ) had headed to China after finding out that Travis ( Ryan Lane ) was in love with her, and that Emmett ( Sean Berdy ) wasn't as ...Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/switched-at-birth-spoilers-bay-pick-travis-emmett/?rss=breakingnews

The Switched at Birth Cast Teaches Essential Sign Language

  Switched at Birth has a unique credit: It is the only show to do an entire episode in American Sign Language. While that episode is a landmark achievement, the Freeform drama has incorporated ASL into every single episode of its show, forcing its cast members to become fluent in it. ...Read More... //www.tvguide.com/news/switched-at-birth-cast-teaches-sign-language/?rss=breakingnews