Community Scoop: Switched at Birth's Katie Leclerc Plans Greendale Visit

Katie Leclerc Community Season 4Katie Leclerc will switch things up a bit when she visits NBC’s Community during Season 5. 

The Switched at Birth actress will guest-star as Carol, a pretty, sweet and hearing-impaired woman who’s teaching Abed sign language, TVLine has confirmed. Community‘s return date has not yet been announced.

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Leclerc, who in real life suffers from a degenerative inner-ear condition called Meniere’s disease, will appear in one episode of the NBC comedy. She posted the news on Instagram Friday, adding: “#Community here I come!!!!”

In addition to Switched‘s Daphne, Leclerc’s other TV credits include CSI and The Big Bang Theory.

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13 Comments
  1. DJ Doena says:

    Yay. :-) Love her character on SaB. :)

  2. Can’t wait to see Katie’s comedic side when she guest-starred on Community when Season Five returns in a matter of months.

  3. dude says:

    She’s really talented but it’d be nice to see her play someone who isn’t hearing impaired after watching her on the “what if” episode of Switched at Birth.

  4. EJ386 says:

    Awesome she is great. She deserves to get noticed. Now can we work on getting Sean Berdy some more screentime either within SaB or on something else? He is also a great actor.

    • liz says:

      Sean Berdy is a fantastic actor. Its really a bummer that he probably won’t get more roles because the Hollywood Machine won’t change to include more actors/roles of disability in their programming. But we can still hope.

  5. V says:

    “Hearing impaired” is pretty offensive terminology, deaf people don’t see themselves as “impaired” but perfectly able. Please change your sentence to say “hard of hearing”.

    • LC says:

      “Hearing impaired” in itself does not imply that they aren’t able to do other things. The only way in which the term becomes offensive is when people use it inappropriately. For example, “mental retardation” used to be a clinical term. Now we don’t use it anymore because people used the word “retarded” in a way which made it offensive. Really, “mentally challenged” and “developmental delay” mean the exact same thing.

      “Hearing impaired” is an accurate term – it becomes offensive when we make it offensive. The reason that deaf people would not want to be called “impaired” is because of hearing people’s perception that their deafness limits them.

    • A says:

      It’s not offensive. I’m hearing impaired as opposed to deaf. And yes, my impairment limits my ability to hear. It’s a clinically, conversationally and socially accurate term. LC is right – no one with any common sense would think anyone with decreased hearing is limited beyond the ability to hear within an average range.

    • dude says:

      It’s not offensive, it’s the truth. They cannot hear so in that regard, they are “impaired.” It doesn’t mean they aren’t capable people who are able to live full lives, they just can’t hear. Lets not be overly PC and try to water down the English language, people are going to always look for reasons to be offended.

    • Josh says:

      Everything is offensive when one is out searching for things to offend them.

  6. Angela says:

    This sounds like a sweet, cool idea for a story :). Look forward to seeing her on the show!

  7. Amanda says:

    She’s so damn cute, but we also know she can play a total bitch. Curious to see what her Community character is like!

  8. faraway says:

    How could you that to Abed? But it was good to see the coat check girl back.

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