Okay, so my little caption clip has had over 8000 views on twitter today (with a little help from Danny 😉). I've done loads of these caption clips before, but which scenes/lines/clips should I do next?
Whether it be a new character to the village arriving with pre-existing hearing loss, or a current character experiencing hearing deterioration or sudden loss, the soap is well situated to deliver a thoughtful, issues-based storyline here, which could start much-needed and timely conversations about deafness and accessibility.
One such imagining of this storyline can be found here, where Jess – a newcomer to the village and who has acquired hearing loss – arrives in Emmerdale for the first time, to be met with barriers, in the form of masks, and a characters who do not believe she has hearing loss because ‘she doesn’t sound deaf’. https://archiveofourown.org/works/29965740/chapters/73767501
Emmerdale really could do this storyline, and the deaf community justice, at a time when we need deaf awareness more than ever.