It's hard to think about language as being endangered or replaceable. But as our culture and means of communication evolve, certain languages find their utility in decline. Braille and sign language are in just such a predicament.
Technological advancements such as voice-to-text, digital audio, and the cochlear implant have steadily decreased the demand for these once revolutionary facilitators for the disabled. This hour, we hear from members of the hearing and visually impaired communities about this controversial shift in their culture.
- Jeff Bravin - Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, and member of the deaf community
- Nicole Feeney - Assistive Technology Specialist and trainer at Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider for people with disabilities
- Steve Famiglietti - Head of the Eleanor Brooks blindness Support Center at Oak Hill and a member of the blind community
- Christine Hanefalk- Author of the Daredevil Superhero blog, The Other Murdock Papers
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show which first aired on March 16, 2016.