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Travis Barnes is a deaf character who lives with Emmett and Melody Bledsoe. He is a little older than the other kids who go to Carlton because he had been held back while he was in a hearing school. His actor, Ryan Lane, is actually deaf outside of the show.


In Switched at Birth, Travis is shown to be a janitor, but he and Daphne get into an argument, and she ends up informing the main office. Because of this, Travis is fired from his job. Next day, even though she is the one who got him fired, Daphne helps him get a new job at Kennish Car Wash. Unfortunately, Travis and his new boss, John, get into an argument when one of the car wash customers is being a jerk to him. John calls Daphne to come to his office to interpret for Travis, as the two are having difficulty communicating. After she arrives, her father tells her to explain to Travis that he is fired, after which Travis leaves. Daphne follows him outside and tries to convince him to not quit, but Travis says that he is done working at the car wash.

Later on, Daphne is still determined to get Travis to return to Kennish Car Wash. She goes to visit him at his house where she meets his mother who says, "Oh, you talk!". She lets her in and tells her that Travis is in his bedroom, playing a video game alone. They enter in his room, and instead of using ASL, his mother gestures wildly and yells at him, telling him that his friend is here and that he needs to clean up his room. After his mother leaves, Daphne asks if she knows ASL, but Travis replies, "Only the ones she makes up. 'Come eat'. 'Go to sleep'. 'Clean your room'.". After learning about this, Daphne tells him that while her father is a terrible signer, at least he always tries to do his best; he's a good man and the best dad she has ever had. Her sympathetic words finally convince him to rejoin Kennish Car Wash. Afterward, Travis apologizes to John, and he asks him to give him a second chance, which he agrees to accept.

In Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time, Daphne invited Travis to come with her as a friend. Wilke surprises Daphne on prom night with a limo and Travis ends up joining them.

In The Declaration Of Independence, Daphne agrees to a date with Travis, but she ended up standing him up to find Jeff back at the restaurant. John who has been suspicious of Travis' home life invites him to the batting cages. Travis felt sad that Daphne stood him up, and it seems like Travis has romantic feelings for Daphne.

In The Door to Freedom, Daphne turns to Travis for support after all that happened with Jeff, and the two plot to start up a food truck business of Daphne's very own.

In Dressing for the Charade, Travis told Daphne his mom is kicking him out when he turns 18. Daphne goes to Travis' mom to find out the truth and finds out the Travis wants to move out.

In Mother and Child Divided, Travis moves in with Emmett and Melody.

In Human/Need/Desire, Travis and Noah get in a fight. 

​Physical Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Travis has short straight dark brown hair and green eyes. Travis first appears as the hotheaded Carlton janitor who has gotten in an argument with Daphne. Daphne feels bad that the complaint has gotten him fired and talks John into giving him a job at Kennish Car Wash. Later, when Daphne comes to Travis's house to investigate John's claims that Travis had an explicit altercation with a hearing customer, she learns that none of his family have bothered to learn to sign. Daphne is sympathetic because her own situation with Angelo and they bond.

In the episode "Dressing for the charade" Bay describes Travis as "the deaf Matt Damon". 

Travis does not come from money and therefore seems to not wear a variety of clothing.


Travis's father and brother, although mentioned, have never been seen.


Unnamed (ex-girlfriend)

Daphne Vasquez (ex-girlfriend)

Mary Beth Tucker  (ex-girlfriend)

  • Start Up: As The Shadows Deepen (2x18)
  • Break Up: The Player's Choice (4x09)
    • Reason: Mary Beth felt that Travis being an athlete was driving them apart. Despite Travis going to great lengths to see her and Mary Beth admitting that she loves him, Mary Beth felt that their relationship wasn't right for her anymore.

Bay Kennish  (In love with, Kissed)

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