I am the proud Father of a 34 year old deaf Daughter, Amanda. She enjoys Marlee Matlin TV shows, but this movie is very close to deaf culture as I have ever seen. Mr. Hollands Opus with Richard Dreyfuss, depicts some of the same philosophies with a deaf Son. Amanda was first diagnosed as being deaf when she was 2 years old from not talking or responding to voice or sounds. My immediate concern was to get her into an educational program so she could thrive. The choice in Ohio was strictly oral, BOOO, they would tie the childrens hands behind their backs if they attempted to sign, (this was a big second amendment NO NO issue for me), so, I moved to Tennessee leaving an empty house behind. The three of us were living in an airstream trailer maybe 10 miles from the Tennessee School for the Deaf, when a house became available just outside the gates of TSD. Of course we learned sign language and Amanda was already signing at 6th grade level at 3 years old. This did not fare well with TSD because she would be out pacing her peers and not be in her age group. They suggested mainstreaming her into a Public hearing School and that turned into a disaster because none of the other Kids knew how to sign and the Teacher was annoyed that an Interpreter was in the room. Ohio and Tennessee, turn your clocks back 200 years. So off we go to Northern California Fremont, California School for the Deaf, for Family workshops. We loved California with exeption of one tiny little hitch, we would be on a waiting list. Oregon was our next choice, but there are few if any jobs there to support your Family. Then we went to Washington, D.C., Gallaudet University Campus, Kendal School, which was ideal premium, except it was located in one of the most expensive Towns I had ever come across. Then we decided to move to Maryland and place her in the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, MD where we could afford to buy a house 1/2 mile from MSD and find work for both of us. I had my heart set for Amanda to receive an advanced degree at Gallaudet, she moved to WV and attended Fairmont University instead. Quick story when she was 3, I had to take a job in San Francisco because the bottom dropped out of Tennessee Valley Authority. Amanda wanted to meet Mickey Mouse, so all she could sign was I want to meet Mickey Mouse, imagine 3 days of this going cross country to Los Angeles enroute to SF. Okay we get into Disney and her little eyes locked in on the Mouse, she ran through crowds of people and went straight up to Mickey and signed "Hi, my name is Amanda" and Mickey, without hesitation, turned and signed,"how old are you"? They started dancing and we tried to find out the name of the person who was in the Mickey suit upon exiting the park, they said, send Fan Mail. Well that we did and 2 months later we got a letter from the Woman named CB. She was one of 20 people who wore the Mickey suit at any given time. She was the only person who knew sign language, as a hobby. What are the odds of that happening? Amanda keeps in touch with CB to this day. CB was an Angel that day in the Magic Kingdom. While in San Francisco we caught a musical by MUSIGN, since disbanded, but they opened up the eyes and hearts of many people into their world. Another movie well worth watching, Michael Crichton's "CONGO" about a signing Ape (more like me) and this Ape knows over 600 signs and still lives in California, named Amy. Sign language can be a universal language in any Nation or dialect, for important things like hospital, toilet, hungry, sleepy, drug store, car or whatever you can dream of. Try explaining GOD in abstract to a deaf Kid. A little effort goes a long way. This is a great movie, note that Marlee Matlin is a great Actor, she will scare the bajeemas out of you when she was cornered to use her voice. My Amanda has no idea how LOUD she can be. So sign softly, to know another language is to have another life. This is English for those of you who think language is hard, it is strictly a conversion of English to hand gestures, you've got the English. If I can sign, anybody can, even an Ape named Amy. I'll have to close by saying that Deaf people are not dumb as the age old thinking goes. I worked with deaf Graduates from Gallaudet University on Nuclear Power Plant Design and Construction, I worked with deaf Engineering Graduates from Rochester Institute designing Chemical Plants. I met with a deaf Man who couldn't get a job with an advanced degree in computer science, so he opened up his own Government software business and employed 500 people. I met a deaf and blind man on the BART train in San Francisco who signing in his hand was the only way to communicate with him. I asked him how do you know when to get off of the train? The computer stops the train several times before getting to your destination. He replied, well the doors only open 4 times and that is my stop. Curious, I asked whhere are you going? He replied, I am going to work. ??? Work? What kind of work do you do? He replied, I am a computer programmer. ??? Uh, really? He replied, yeah, I have a QWERTY keyboard just like millions of other Americans and I use a tactile reader device, like a braille reader to tell me if I made a mistake in my line code. Makes you feel very grateful that people like him are driven to live despite everything. Our Native Americans used signs to communicate. Well, that's all for now Folks, enjoy the movie. CUDOS Marlee.