Perspectives on Deaf parents raising children in a hearing world

Take a look at the trailer for a twenty-minute documentary about the lives of two Deaf couples as they navigate the challenges and rewards of pregnancy and raising children. In addition to allowing you to coo over the adorable babies, for hearing people the short film offers a glimpse into the Deaf community, and for Deaf people, it provides an in-depth exploration of the experiences of Deaf parents. Truly a different perspective, for hearing people at least, on the process of starting a family, the video explores the effects of sign language on a Deaf and hearing household, dealing with local schools and teachers without an interpreter, and the value of Deaf culture. The documentary was produced by Attitude Live, a New Zealand website that shares experiences and information in the community of people with disabilities. If you’d like to watch the whole documentary, it can be viewed here on

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.