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Deaf Jam

orlybh's picture

I found Deaf Jam really interesting. To start, I had little to no knowledge about the world of ASL poetry; I didn't realize its power or really its existence at all. Something I would like to discuss more in class is the process of getting financial aid as a deaf person with complicated immigration status. We find out at the end that Aneta ends up attending John Jay College instead of Gaulladet University, and that is likely related to her inability to get proper financial aid even though it is not stated explicitly. Aneta is surely not the only deaf person with complicated citizenship status, and I am curious as to whether the process of accessing financial aid has changed since the making of this movie. I am also curious how the process of accessing financial aid differs between a hearing non-citizen and a deaf non-citzen.