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They want Deaf person on TV but “Being Deaf” Is not necessarily a requirement”

July 1, 2007

We received anonymous email saying that Wheelchair Getawaways of Colorado is looking for two Deaf people to be filmed for their television commerical. In the email (see below) John M Anderson, President and Owner of Wheelchair Getaways of Colorado said that “Being Deaf” is not necessarily a requirement. Guess they don’t mind to cast a hearing person to act as deaf character in their commerical. Unidentified person wrote, “Look this article. I was puzzled so I thought ud like to see this. Its not right. We prefer real deaf instead pretend being deaf.” Here’s what Wheelchair Getawaways wrote:

From: Wheelchair Getaways of Colorado
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 1:25 PM
To: xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Need Deaf People for Television PSA

The needs are pretty straight forward. We are looking for two people to use sign to talk to one another. Being Deaf is not necessarily a requirement (hint, hint). Randy is working with the film crew to narrow down the window, but it appears that it would be Friday afternoon for a couple of hours (I would guess something like from 1-3). We are also looking for wheelchair users, as well as low-vision or blind who use a cane (the basic concept is disabilities that would have visual clues to drivers that there would be special concerns.) If you have ANY suggestions, I would welcome them. I will also get together with randy about the postings.



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  1. Johnny
    July 1, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    What? They want someone to play as deaf if they can’t find a real deaf person? My ass!

  2. July 1, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    What!!!! being deaf not necessarily require oh man they found my red button!!!! my volcano is about to explode! bigger, and louder than “Dante’s Peak!!!! Run for your life bro and sis!!!!

    The Mad Director
    Gary Brooks

  3. seekgeo
    July 1, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Interesting, I’m not shocked of course…

    I wonder if that also applies to wheelchair users and low-vision/blind who use a cane are not required for people as long as they can come in with a wheelchair or a cane pretending they can’t walk or see?


  4. Angela
    July 1, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    That’s AUDISM!!!

  5. DT
    July 2, 2007 at 2:28 am

    Whatta crock!

  6. July 2, 2007 at 6:39 am

    I think the importance here is that they need someone that knows how to sign, so they can create a PSA for deaf people.

  7. mother goose
    July 2, 2007 at 8:04 am

    a lot of deafies are a great actor/actress! Such no reason if they are trying to hire a hearing actor/actress to be a deaf…no way!

  8. July 2, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Yeah, nothing new to deaf community. They need to look at the statistics again. We posted the topic about deaf population in the United States.


    And they still say that they can’t find one, I mean ONE?, oh please, they are in denial.

    *head shaking*


  9. Angela
    July 2, 2007 at 9:29 pm


  10. JustJodi
    July 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Gawd…. the balls of these people. grrrrrrrrrrr… its like TV and MOVIES they still would rather hire a hearie over a deafie any day, cos it is just EASIER …….. ( turning into Linda Blair from the EXORTIST )

  11. From the heart
    July 28, 2007 at 10:30 am

    say what you will but I know these folks and they have the right idea. Yes, It would be better to stay true – but I still give honor due! Plus, who did they actually hire? xo

  12. February 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    This is John M. Anderson – the originator of the e-mail.

    Interesting to see things out of context. That particular e-mail was sent to a translator. The “hint, hint” was aimed at her spending some time on the project. Our goal was to have as many groups involved as possible, which included wheelchair users, blind, amputee (myself) and others. Unfortunately, as this was a PSA, the budget was low, and PAID was a very relative term (none of my time in the project was paid at all). Our attempts were originally directed at getting help from the deaf community, but we could not get anyone interested. So we turned to those who could use sign, even if they were “hearing”. I do apologize if this offends anyone, but the intent was there from our side.

    I would welcome any discussion on how or who to get involved in any future projects, as one of my hats is being involved with the Denver Commission for People with Disabilites.

    I can be reached at co@wheelchairgetaways.com
    (and yes, this is a bit late, but was just pointed out to me)

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