“Deafness is a silent disability.”
Rachel Shenton used American Sign Language to give her acceptance speech at the 90th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. “The Silent Child,” a short film about a deaf 4-year-old, took home the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action).
Shenton shared her excitement about the movie receiving such praise, and she thanked the Academy for bringing the film to the mainstream’s attention. Shenton described the movie as something that is happening all over the world, and she shed some light on the barriers that deaf children face in an educational and public setting. The movie is now gaining national attention, and awareness about “silent” disabilities is spreading to a larger audience. We hope that more movies like this one continue to make their way into the public eye!
The official trailer for “The Silent Child” can be seen here.