In True Biz, several protagonists face the challenges of the hearing world when their school, River Valley School for the Deaf, is faced with closure due to a lack of funding. February is hearing, but she has lived among Deaf people her whole life. As the headmistress of the school, she’s committed to finding and answer to River Valley’s closure and where her students will go, but it might just cost her her marriage. Charlie grew up in a hearing world trapped by her Cochlear Implant, but when her dad finally gains primary custody of her, she’ll start at River Valley’s high school and encounter the ability to communicate for the first time in her life. Austin has come from a long lineage of Deaf family members, but when his younger sister is born hearing, he starts to wonder what it would have been like to have the easier path.
True Biz is the accumulation of stories from February, Charlie, Austin, and other minor characters as they face Deaf challenges in a hearing world and work together to keep their school open for future students. This story celebrates Deaf culture, Sign Language, and a universal celebration of human connection.