“Anyone Like Me” is a documentary exploring the intersection of Deaf culture and America’s favorite pastime: football. The Gallaudet University Bison of Washington, D.C. are the world’s only collegiate deaf and hard of hearing football team. 90 percent of deaf and hard of hearing individuals are raised in families with no prior knowledge of American Sign Language or Deaf culture. This project follows coach Shelby Bean, 25, a Hard of Hearing man and former Bison team captain. Shelby, along with his players, say before they came to Gallaudet they shared the experience of marginalization for their perceived ‘disability,’ and sports was often the only place they ever felt normal. When Shelby came to Gallaudet as a freshman he didn’t know anything about Deaf culture or ASL, but through the football team he found his place within the culture and his Hard of Hearing identity.
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Anyone Like Me
Before 2009, Shelby Bean had never experienced Deaf culture or American Sign Language because he’s the only Hard of Hearing member of his family. In 2009, Shelby was recruited for the world’s only collegiate Deaf and Hard of Hearing football team: the Gallaudet University Bison. Eight years later, Shelby has found his community at Gallaudet, coaching for the football team and preparing to marry his college sweetheart. This is his story.
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Anyone Like Me