World Cup fever has officially taken over everyone’s lives. It’s infectious (but, you know, in good way). We’re powerless to resist its call (GOOOAAALLL!!!).
Carlos is no different. Though deaf and blind, he wanted to experience the excitement like everyone else. And with the help of his two amazing friends, he was able to do just that.
Brazilian sign language interpreter Helio Fonseca de Araujo came up with a brilliant idea: He used a tabletop model of a soccer field to walk Carlos through the match, play by play, using his hands. His friend Regiane Cunha Pereira filled in the blanks with other complex information about the match as it happened via social-haptic communication on Carlos’ back.
That’s Carlos (in the above video) watching the opening match between his home team, Brazil, and Croatia. How great is that? With Araujo providing sign language commentary and Pereira alerting him to fouls, cards and jersey numbers, Carlos didn’t miss a beat.
We’re so glad he got to celebrate those amazing Brazil goals in style, surrounded by cool friends who truly have his back.