Adding Sign Language to Bilingual Toon "Maya & Miguel"
The New York Times explores the process behind adding a deaf character to PBS Kids’ Maya & Miguel (registration required). The show already places a high value on English/Spanish bilingualism, and a new character named Marco will add American Sign Language (ASL) to the multi-lingual mix. The idea originated from voice actress Lupe Ontiveros, who voices the grandmother Abuela Elena and has two sons who are hearing impared. The article details some of the issues that arose with how to depict ASL in animation.