Deaf Discrimination on ABC’s “What Would You Do”

In case you missed it, last Friday night (Feb. 4, 2011), ABC’s program “What Would You Do” featured an 8-minute segment exposing deaf discrimination. The experiment of the show is to catch on video the reactions of our fellow community members when placed in a situation where they see something morally wrong occurring. Students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf helped ABC to uncover some hard-hitting truths that just may inspire you.

Watch the official video here. Below is the video found on YouTube:

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Deaf Discrimination on ABC’s “What Would You Do?”, posted with vodpod

RIT/NTID wrote a nice article on the episode, which can be read here. The article interestingly delves into the behind the scenes interaction between Andrew Paparella, a producer for the show, and the students, faculty, and staff from RIT/NTID. Article: “Deaf Discrimination: RIT/NTID Students Appear on ABC’s ‘What Would You Do?'” Program

The video below is of the behind the scenes action during filming of the “What Would You Do” episode:

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3 comments so far

  1. omalley303 on

    This was a very emotional episode for me, as I have a deaf cousin. This is such a great show! I love how people are exposed for who they really are, good or bad. I actually went back and watched this episode this afternoon on my way to work. I work for DISH Network, and with their TV Everywhere, I can access my DVR (or live TV) from my iPhone. I think it is a very revealing look at the people you share the streets with. I will continue to watch.

  2. deafsachin on

    wondering how this is so emotional for a person who is having a Deaf cousin, didn’t you spent a day and share stories with cousin to understand the discrimination faced by deaf people.

    • DSS of GCSC on

      There will always be prejudices because there will always be fear and ignorance, and that doesn’t just affect one specific disability nor is it restricted to race or gender or culture. The best advice that I can give you is: help your cousin understand his potential, his self worth. Teach him to be as independent as he can be, encourage him to experiment with his abilities and any technology or adaptive equipment that can aid him and his independence. Focus on the experience; become a part of both the hearing and the deaf communities, learn their cultures, and be a part of that with him. This isn’t just his journey, its a journey that can be taken with everyone that loves and cares for him. Don’t focus on the bad that the world has to dish out; breeding fear only harms the person who is always fearful. Now, I’m not saying don’t teach him about the world and its dangers; that’s not what I’m talking about. What I mean is, that there will always be prejudice and you can either foster the fear in him that people will always judge and be unkind, OR you can foster in him a sense of independence and the inherent good in people. Show him how to be an advocate, and be one yourself. Bring love and light and education everywhere you go and, who knows, maybe one day experiments like this show will have a much different outcome.


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