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FEELING THROUGH | Short Film (2021)

Feeling Through poster. Two men wearing winter clothes sitting at a bus stop at night. Text reads 'Academy Award Nomination for the Best Live Action Short Film. Feeling Through. A film by Doug Roland.'

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man. FEELING THROUGH is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor.

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List of the Live Action Short Film Nominations

“Feeling Through” is directed and produced by Doug Roland. Executive Producers are Marlee Matlin, Jack Jason and Andrew Carlberg. Sue Ruzenski, CEO of Helen Keller Services, served as a producer on the film and will also receive an Academy Award if the film wins at the April 25 ceremony.

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Feeling Through and Whoopi Goldberg Interview

A Zoom of six people. The top reads "Feeling Through" in gold with a black background.

Whoopi Goldberg hosts the Feeling Through team in a conversation about authentic casting, accessible filmmaking, the true story that inspired the film, and much more.​

We are honored to further our mission through our partnership with Feeling Through, creating authentic representation of the communities we serve.

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Two Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) staff using tactile sign language outside of the HKNC training center.

Language is a powerful tool and it is our responsibility to ensure the use of our language is inclusive and representative of the cultural collectiveness and valued diversity within the community we serve. It is with this understanding that we are excited to announce the decision to replace our use of the term “deaf-blind” with the preferred term “DeafBlind” throughout Helen Keller Services.​​

Every individual has a different experience and emphasizing both the experience of vision and hearing loss is important. “DeafBlind” applies to a whole person and recognizes Deaf and Blind uniquely as a single identity.​

We are sensitive to the diverse perspectives of the community and respect the wishes of the individuals and audiences we are addressing. Change is necessary for improvement and we are grateful for the feedback from the DeafBlind community in support of our ongoing evolution as an organization. ​


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Resources for Consumers and Professionals during COVID-19

We have collected some resources we hope you find helpful in these unprecedented times. Included are some resources about COVID-19 in English, Spanish, and ASL. Additionally, many individuals are working remotely or trying to continue consumer learning from home, and we have included a variety of resources (some for consumers and some for professionals). This is by no means a comprehensive list, but we hope you will find something for you or your clients. 

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