Link: Deaf Actress
For some people, the tears came during the story of a deaf girl who hit the big time in Hollywood. Others grabbed for tissues as teachers were thanked for speaking up on behalf of those who can't speak themselves.
A few got choked up just seeing Marlee Matlin, the Academy Award-winning actress who was the keynote speaker Wednesday night at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo.
Her speech gathered about half of the roughly 4,700 educators expected this week at the convention, which runs through Sunday at the State Convention and Trade Center. Most are from school districts across the nation.
Pediatricians have long said children younger than 2 shouldn't watch any television. But in new findings from a small-scale study, researchers say that even having a TV on in the background could be "an environmental hazard" for children.
We received an overwhelming number of responses to two stories we ran about Carly, an autistic 13-year-old who has learned to read, write and communicate her feelings effectively.
To answer some of our viewers' biggest questions about Carly's development and prognosis, ABC correspondent John McKenzie conducted an online interview today with Carly's parents, Arthur Fleischmann and Tammy Starr.
RJ Mitte provides a unique authenticity to the disabled character he plays on AMC's edgy new series Breaking Bad. (Sunday, 10 ET/PT).
Bad's Walter White Jr. has cerebral palsy. So does Mitte, 16.
But the lanky, dark-haired teen had to adjust to the role. He has a mild case of the neurologic disorder, and extensive therapy helped overcome some of its more pronounced symptoms. His character uses crutches and has a different speech pattern.