Lots of people believe that because somebody has an impairment that they can’t achieve things that a so-called regular person can. Well, this just isn’t true. Marlee Matlin has actually achieved lots of things with her impairment, deafness. So today, let’s have a look at Marlee Matlin: first by recognizing her numerous accomplishments in both her career and her individual life, second of all by examining the inspiration that led her to where she is today and lastly by discussing how Marlee returned to her community.
According to Biography, March 2013, Marlee Matlin found acting through a program at the Center on Deafness that brought deaf and hearing kids together. She landed her very first leading role as Dorothy in a production of The Wizard of Oz with a children’s theater business in Chicago.
Matlin continued to pursue her acting into adulthood, while also earning a degree in law enforcement at Harper College. She won an Academy Award for her role in Children of a Lesser God.
The Sun Sentinel Reported in 1995 that Marlee was announced a spokeswoman for the National Captioning Institute after she helped get a law passed that requires all televisions to have a built in chip that provides closed captioning on the screens. Marlee has written a series of children novels including Deaf Child Crossing and Nobody’s Perfect. In 1994, Marlee was appointed by President Clinton to the Corporation for National Service and served as Chairperson for National Volunteer Week and was honored in a Rose Garden ceremony.
According to ABC Nightly Matlin has had a lot of ups and downs in her career but she has great sense of humor about all of it. She says being a deaf actress takes a great deal of humor and being able to laugh at herself.
In 2005 Children’s Miracle Network announced that it will honor Marlee for the Children’s Miracle Achievement Award for her outstanding outreach to the children in need. She serves on the board of multiple charitable organizations including Very Special Arts and the Starlight Foundation. Marlee also works with the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Marlee Matlin has overcome many obstacles to get where she is now, including her own disability. Marlee says it best of all, “The Handicap of Deafness is not in the ear, it’s in the mind.”