“The real handicap of deafness does not lie in the ear,” Marlee Matlin, renowned deaf actress, announced to a lecture hall packed with students Monday night. “It lies in the mind.”
Matlin, a renowned advocate for the deaf community, spoke with humor and conviction about the struggles she has overcome as a deaf performer. She also made sure to thank the people who have supported her in her life and career. https://youtu.be/MMuMwgkU5mU
Although she was diagnosed as deaf at the age of 18 months, Matlin said her parents sent her to a regular rather than a deaf school, and her family supported her through her childhood. “When kids made fun of me for how I spoke, my brother told them I had an accent because my parents were dangerous foreign spies,” Matlin said through an interpreter.