Great sign for Matlin

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ac­tress Mar­lee Matlin’s hit fam­ily drama Switched At Birth has made his­tory by be­com­ing the first show to air an episode en­tirely in Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage (ASL). The se­ries in­cluded reg­u­lar and hardof-hear­ing ac­tors. The ground-break­ing 39th episode, Upris­ing, will fea­ture cap­tions for view­ers who can­not sign. Long­time ac­tivist Matlin (pic­tured), the first deaf per­former to win a Best Ac­tress Os­car for 1986’s Chil­dren of a Lesser God, is proud. ‘‘It is an amaz­ing, amaz­ing jour­ney for me . . . to be able to have the op­por­tu­nity to see deaf cul­ture, sign lan­guage, and not have to ex­plain it, just show how beau­ti­ful it is as a cul­ture and a lan­guage,’’ she says. ‘‘The en­tire episode is just per­fectly de­signed to show and high­light to the whole world what it is all about, Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage . . . never in the his­tory of tele­vi­sion has that ever been done.’’

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