Renate Rose of Olathe demonstrates what she calls “deaf people problems.”
She can cuddle with her girlfriend or she can communicate through sign language. But they can’t do both at the same time the way a hearing couple could.
It’s one of many moments in the new Netflix docuseries “Deaf U” that present a scenario hearing viewers may never have contemplated. Still, the goal of the eight-episode series, according to model/actor/executive producer Nyle DiMarco, is to show similarities between deaf and hearing communities while also exploring differences within the deaf community.
“We go through the same things in life. We live, oftentimes, in parallel, and you’ll see that through this show,” he said through an American Sign Language interpreter during an August Netflix press event. “I think the hearing community often looks at deaf people and the deaf experience as monochromatic or a monolith, and that simply isn’t true. …