Deaf U

  • 24 Oct - 30 Oct, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly

More often than not, deaf people are not given the opportunity to tell their own stories, and films and television series about deaf people frequently may not involve any deaf people. Netflix is making massive strides in that direction with Deaf U, a new docuseries that follows a group of students. Deaf U chronicles the lives of students at Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington. The primary focus is on a tight-knit group of students, including athletes, influencers, and more. Some employ the use of hearing aids and cochlear implants, while other sneer at the notion of using such things. We’re introduced to Daequan, who gets the attention of Raelyn by flashing his phone light. The two begin conversing through their windows; Daequan asks her out on a date, and though she gives him a hard time at first, she agrees. From there, we start to get a full picture of Gallaudet. Deafness is so often described in the outside world as nothing more than a disability, but Deaf U puts a spotlight on the reality and oft-overlooked beauty of deaf culture and all the intricacies rarely examined in the hearing world.