“Switched at Birth” pumps down the volume

0a70mf “Switched at Birth” pumps down the volume

0a70mf “Switched at Birth” pumps down the volume

“Switched at Birth,” the ABC Family series about two teen girls who were switched at birth, aired an episode almost entirely in American Sign Language last night. It was fantastic.  If you have never watched “Switched at Birth” and want to zone out now, please know that I’ve read about “Switched at Birth” and I’ve seen a few episodes, but I have not seen very many episodes— and that didn’t matter at all.Here’s the necessary background: “Switched at Birth” stars Daphne (Katie LeClerc) and Bay (Vanessa Marano), the two eponymous teenagers. Daphne is deaf and Bay is not, but since they have gotten to know each other, their families have become entangled — Daphne and her working-class single mother (Bay’s biological mother) now live in Bay’s much richer family’s guest-house — and Bay now attends Daphne’s school, Carlton, a school for the deaf, as part of a pilot program for hearing kids. The school board has recently decided to close Carlton. The students, taking inspiration from the 1960s, the Occupy movement, Gallaudet and, inevitably, when it comes to teenagers sticking up for their collective rights against the man, the infamous “Donna Martin Graduates” episode of “90210,” decide to take over a building and camp out there until the school board overturns its decision.Continue Reading…

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