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Daphne also happens to be deaf as a result of early childhood meningitis.

Bay’s entire family learns sign language, meaning that coupled with Daphne’s other family and friends, pretty much everyone in the cast had to already be or become fluent in American sign language for the role.

His inspired dance rendition of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” performed entirely in American Sign Language, proved to be a tremendous hit.

Now, he stars as Emmett Bledsoe on ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” and he says he is thrilled by the impact that the series has had. “You can go to a restaurant, a bakery, or whatever, and people say, ‘Thank you.’ They want to do some sign language. ’ They say, ‘From the show.’ I think that is so cool.

His recalls his first stage was his parents’ bed, where he put on shows for family and friends. “When I was 11 years old, I was in a movie called ‘Sandlot 2.’ I loved that.

[caption id="attachment_7807" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Emmett finds himself falling for Bay pretty quickly.[/caption] In spite of all the progressivism, arguably the main appeal of the show for most viewers annoys the hell out of me: the relationship between Bay and Emmett.

It has had a wonderful impact.” Berdy also worked on “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” where he provided an on-camera ASL performance in a picture-in-picture window that is displayed while the movie plays. The Boca Raton, Florida, native, 20, likes being innovative, and hopes to continue a career in the entertainment industry.

The narrative follows two teenage girls, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc) after they discover that a hospital mixup led to them being switched at birth and deal with the fusion of their two families.

The show features Marlee Matlin prominently and casts actual deaf actors to authentically represent Daphne’s life in the deaf community.

It’s safe to say that you’d be hard-pressed to find a more disability-friendly show on television.

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