None so deaf as those that will not hearBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6963.1238a (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1238
- T Beaconsfield
As part of deaf awareness week at the National Film Theatre, Professor John Schuchman - a lawyer and historian - gave a lecture on deaf people as portrayed in films and television. Schuchman's interest arose from the fact that he is a hearing son of deaf parents. He became a teacher at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, and also served successfully as its dean, vice president, and provost. Gallaudet was established as a school for deaf children by Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and it educates deaf pupils at all levels, from nursery school to university. The teaching philosophy is SIMCOM (simultaneous communication), which comprises learning to speak, lip read, and sign - all at the same time.
Film clips were a potent illustration of his words. Particularly telling were the silent …