A classic film about deafness shown (originally without captions) on CBS television in 1979. The title character was played by a deaf person, Jeffrey Bravin. This film is considered by many to be the turning point for mass acceptance of deaf actors, as previous films cast hearing actors in deaf character roles. Jonah is a lonely deaf child who has been misdiagnosed as retarded. The film follows his discovery of himself as a deaf person, from the time he leaves the institution for the retarded to his learning to communicate. Jonah's mother (Sally Struthers) and father (James Woods) struggle to establish communication with their withdrawn son, and do so through sigh language.