When Jordan Levin came into the world in 1976, he arrived about three months before his parents were expecting him. At the hospital in Michigan where he was taken, the doctors gave him just a 10 percent of survival. When he beat those odds, Jordan’s parents discovered another hurdle he had to overcome – their little boy was profoundly deaf.

Thus began a journey for Jordan’s family that has continued to this day – a journey that’s been filled with determination, heartbreak, smiles, tears, setbacks and triumphs – lots and lots of triumphs. Jordan’s inspirational and thought- provoking story comes to life in “Speak for Yourself: The Jordan Levin Story,” a new documentary by Stunt3 Multimedia and Hang Tough Productions.

At the heart of the film is Marty and Mollene Levin’s decision to raise their son Jordan as someone who could speak and read lips – and thus could communicate with anyone. This decision put them at odds with the so-called “deaf community,” which treats deafness not as a disability, but as simply a di?erence in human condition.

The Levins had to make the choice that the parents of every deaf child have to make: How do we raise our child? As a signer or as a speaker? Marty and Mollene chose a route that was far more di?cult – but in the end, for them, one that was far more rewarding. In the process, though, they were shunned by others in the deaf community who were outraged that they didn’t insist that Jordan use sign language. Their story – which is equal parts emotional and uplifting – is sure to provoke discussion and debate.