Oscar Best Picture nominee “CODA” a big hit for local children of deaf adults

ATLANTA — The Oscar nominated movie, “CODA” is being well received by the Atlanta deaf and hard of hearing community.

Ivy Porter-Henderson say she would do anything for her dad, Bradley. “I love my parents. I’m blessed to have them. But at the same time, it can be a little overwhelming,” Porter-Henderson said.

Ivy is a child of deaf adults. CODA for short.

“When she was growing up, I taught her how to sign. So, she knew how to sign,” Bradley said. At a very young age, Ivy had to take on the role of interpreter. A huge responsibility. But now, the entire world has learned what that’s like.

“We were driving in the car and dad told me, I saw this movie CODA. I think you should watch it,” Porter-Henderson said.


The film has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

It’s a story about a 17-year-old girl named Ruby, the only hearing member of a deaf family. For the last 10 years, the Atlanta nonprofit CaringWorks has helped the deaf and hard of hearing who are experiencing homelessness.

“It’s always a work in progress. It’s always in progress for improvement,” care coordinator Kevin Henderson said.

Henderson believes the film has had a positive impact. It has brought Ivy and her dad even closer together.

“I have to thank my daughter. I love her so very much. She’s so successful. My daughter,” Bradley said. “They are people just like us. They want to feel loved, and they want to be accepted. I definitely think that’s important,” Ivy said.

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