- Over the weekend a heartwarming video showed a deaf-blind man following along with the World Cup with the help of a few friends.
- Carlos, a Brazil supporter, was able to follow the action in his team’s group stage match against Costa Rica with the help of sign language instructor Hélio Fonseca de Araújo and a model pitch.
- After Philippe Coutinho scored a late go-ahead goal, the group celebrated together.
Every four years fans across the globe gather to take in the excitement of the World Cup, and no matter what team you root for or what language you speak, the drama of the tournament translates. And as one heartwarming video showed over the weekend, some football fans take in the joys of the sport with the help of friends.
Carlos is a Brazil supporter who was born deaf and began to lose his eyesight when he was 14-years-old. According to SportBible, he was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects a person’s seeing and hearing ability.
Now 27, Carlos isn’t completely blind, though he does struggle to watch television. But thanks to friend and sign language instructor Hélio Fonseca de Araújo, Carlos was still able to take in the drama of Brazil’s World Cup match against Costa Rica.
Using tactile sign language and a model pitch, Fonseca de Araújo and another friend help Carlos experience Philippe Coutinho late go-ahead goal in real time. After the score, they celebrate by breaking out the drums.
A blind and deaf Brazilian fan celebrating Coutinho's goal today pic.twitter.com/WWukFOdZW4
— Lucas Sposito (@LucasSposito_) June 22, 2018
Carlos’s World Cup viewing is a good reminder of the positivity sports can spread and the passion of fans around the world.
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