Brazil Fan Who Is Both Blind And Deaf Could See The World Cup Through This Interpreter's Ingenious Game Board
November 15, 2018 11:16 By Fabiosa
Imagine this. “You are seated in front of your television, ready to watch your favorite program. Moments after the show starts, you start losing your sight and then your hearing, and no matter how hard you try, it is impossible for you to know what is happening right in front of you!” What would you do? Who would you turn to?
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Well, for most deaf and blind people, this imaginary scenario is their everyday reality in a world that they can neither hear nor see. For Brazilian soccer fan Carlos Junior who is both deaf and blind, the recent World Cup experience was one for the books, as he could experience everything happening on the field through his hands!
A football lover at heart
For Carlos Junior and any other Brazilian, football is a central part of everyday life and culture, as Brazil is the only nation to have participated in every World Cup tournament since its inception. As a child, Carlos, who was born deaf, even played as a goalkeeper on a team for deaf kids.
However, when he was 14, his vision began to deteriorate and by the time he was 23, he had lost his eyesight. For the first time in his young life, Carlos was separated from his favorite sport, a reality that would be devastating for anyone.
Through the game board, Carlos could ‘see’ football again
After seeing Carlos’ struggle, Helio Fonseca de Araujo, a sign language interpreter decided to build a model field that would help Carlos to 'see again'.
Using a model that had been developed by Maria Stella Nunes to interpret a game for her husband, Araujo build a bigger field and added a second interpreter to make the game more informative in 'real-time'.
To follow the game, all Carlos had to do was place his two hands on the interpreter to know where the ball was and who had possession. With this ingenious game board, Carlos could finally follow his beloved game without seeing or hearing.
Since then, videos of the Carlos seeing the game have been shared online and watched by millions of people who are inspired and awed at its ability to interpret a game for people with disabilities.
To Carlos, Araujo and Renato Rodrigues, another interpreter who also helped him watched the World Cup games are irreplaceable, as they gave him a gift he truly cherishes.
Seeing Carlos celebrate Brazil’s 2-0 win over Mexico is nothing short of breathtaking, as you realize that what the interpreters did for him is sweet and selfless.
Helping others is eternally rewarding
What the interpreters did for Carlos is immeasurable, as their gift made his life better. By helping Carlos, the interpreters also inspired millions of other people around world by showing that we should always be kind and helpful to those in need.
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Studies show that people who help others enjoy various perks that include living longer, exoperiencing happiness, promoting positive behavior in others, and realizing a sense of purpose and satisfaction in life. Thus, by helping others we not only change the lives of others, but we also change ourselves and the world around us.
Just as Araujo helped Carlos to see his favorite game when it would have otherwise been impossible, we should always strive to use our talents to help others. So, what will you do to make someone life better today?