ABC Family will make history tonight, airing an episode of “Switched at Birth” completely in American Sign Language, with subtitles for hearing viewers. It's something the network says has never been done before on scripted, mainstream television.
The show is about two Kansas City teens who were accidentally switched in the hospital as newborns and raised by one another’s family. One of them, Daphne (Katie Leclerc), is deaf, and the show is comprised of deaf, hearing and hard-of-hearing actors. Scenes alternate between audible dialogue and silent signing.