Two of the three deaf families featured in the new A&E Special “Deaf out Loud” which will air on September 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. (CST) on the A&E Network attends Texas School of the Deaf.
The Garcias are a family of eight—four of their children attend TSD. Francisco, the father, is a TSD alumnus. His wife, April, is hearing but is a child of deaf parents. Both are founders of Hope’s Lighthouse and advocates for fostering and adoption of deaf children.
The Mansfields - Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson - who are both deaf, are founders of the online educational website, ASL Nook. They are a family of four and communicate exclusively using American Sign Language (ASL)—although, one daughter is hearing.
In follow-up to their tremendous success with “Born That Way” featuring life among individuals with Downs syndrome, A&E has focused on the lives of three predominantly deaf families and how they live full and vibrant lives and the many choices they make in doing such. A&E has published a trailer and a viewing guide which, though designed more for general audiences outside the field, might be fun for the teachers and kids to have as it’s designed with activities to be adapted to any level of dialogue.
Be sure to watch on Wednesday, September 12th!!