SXSW 2023

The Future of Deaf Representation in Entertainment


The popularity of the film “CODA” sparked a new conversation about representation of the Deaf community in entertainment – authenticity on screen, inclusivity among writers, producers, and actors, and accessibility within the industry at large. Deaf West Theatre, the most prominent nonprofit organization focusing on Deaf-centered storytelling, has partnered with National Research Group, a global insights and strategy firm, to find out how those in the Deaf community really feel about the current state of representation and accessibility in entertainment. This session will highlight findings from an in-depth research study; feature video from a roundtable of prominent Deaf actors, directors, writers, and more; and provide insights on how to move forward to build a more inclusive industry.

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. A first-hand perspective of how Deaf Americans feel their identities and stories (authenticity and intersectionality) are represented in entertainment
  2. A better understanding of what it means for media to be accessible, how new technologies/platforms are impacting that, and what obstacles still remain
  3. Clear and data-backed advice for media and entertainment companies that want to better represent the Deaf community through their content



Mary Moczula, Global Marketing, Communications Director, National Research Group

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Film & TV Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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