Show Business: Broadway Has a New Language

The deaf are no longer a silent minority

Read these words aloud and imagine that there is no one in the state of Texas who could ever hear them without difficulty. That will give some idea of the number of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing. There are approximately 14 million such people in the U.S., and until very recently they have been the true silent minority, unheard as well as unhearing.

Now all that is changing. In March PBS, NBC and ABC began captioning some of their programs, sending out signals that can be converted into subtitles on specially adapted...

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