New Netflix Documentary Series Stars Students from Gallaudet University

Netflix has announced that it will release a documentary series featuring a close-knit group of deaf students coming-of-age at Gallaudet University. “Deaf U” will have eight episodes that are about 20 minutes long each. The company has already released a trailer as part of their “Celebrate Disability” campaign.

Gallaudet University is the world’s only school specifically designed to be barrier-free for students who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress and a charter signed into law by Abraham Lincoln, the private university is officially bilingual. Instructors and students use both English and American Sign Language in their learning and instruction.

One of the executive producers of the series, Nyle DiMarco, is a 2013 Gallaudet graduate. He has made a career in acting, modeling, and producing on Broadway. He reached stardom in 2015 for becoming the first Deaf contestant — and winner — of the reality series “America’s Next Top Model.” He also won ABC’s reality show “Dancing With The Stars” in 2016.