Today I was planning on writing about my ASL class, more specifically I wanted to write about my reaction to a movie that I watched in the class. The movie is called “For a Deaf Son.” it is distributed by PBS and if you are interested on seeing it e-mail me, I will tell you how. Here is a synopsis of the movie.
Annotation The life of four-year-old Thomas Tranchin, born deaf to a hearing family, and the struggle of the producer/director to unlock Thomas’ speech capacities is documented through home video of therapy sessions, classrooms, and workshops. Their struggle in the decision of whether to educate Thomas in sign language versus strictly verbal speech is also documented. Therapists and other families with deaf children are also interviewed. 1/2″ VHS
I have many opinions on the movie, but I am not going to talk about the today, because I am sad to say that Tommy is not with us anymore. I offer condolences to Rob and Laurie Tranchin and their family as they mourn for their son, Thomas , age 15, who died December 9 2003.
The article from where I found the news was originally posted at thetactilemind.com, but the site has since changed.
The movie is touching to say the least. It is very moving, or at least it was to me. I cannot begin to comprehend what it will mean to a deaf person. For now all I wasn to say is Tommy, R.I.P.