The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) recognizes that portrayals of deaf and hard of hearing people in film, television, and theater have a significant impact on the public image of our community. There is no shortage of professional deaf and hard of hearing actors to fill these roles.
The NAD celebrates the diversity, richness and complexity of our people and our language. Towards these means, we advocate that all portrayals of deaf and hard of hearing people depict us as we really are: members of a vibrant community with the same diversity that exists throughout the world. We call upon networks, studios, companies, producers, writers, directors, casting directors, and all decision makers to take upon the artistic responsibility of actively portraying the rich tapestry of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in an accurate and authentic manner.
Our rich culture, infused with its own language and heritage, must be represented with responsibility. We identify ourselves as deaf or hard of hearing, and we ask that we be referred to as such. Phrases such as “dea