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Deaf-Blind Man Watches FIFA Through Friends
Posted by Irena Taylor on Jun 21, 2014 - 3:05:11 PM

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(left to right) Helios Surdos, Carlos, and other LIBRAS user.
BRAZIL—Hearts melted on June 12, during a FIFA match, as people watched 
Hélio Fonseca de Araújo help his friend, Carlos, who is deaf and blind enjoy the Brazil – Croatia game.

 

Fonseca's plan began on June 11, when he invited Carlos to come watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup game at his home; he stated in his YouTube video's description box. Then he set off to make a small-scale soccer field for the purpose of helping Carlos “see” the game as it was happening.

 

The 12-minute video conveys Fonseca's work in making the small-scale field, as well as his joint efforts with a fellow LIBRAS user to convey the excitement of the game. According to his blog page, Fonseca is a “LIBRAS Teacher in UNIP, Certified by the MEC; Performer in public and private bodies and new telecourse Globol!”

 

According to streetsmartbrazil.com, LIBRAS stands for Língua Brasileira dos Sinais, which translates to Brazilian Sign Language. Ethnologue.com explains that the use of LIBRAS is derived from French Sign Language and has over 3 million people who use the LIBRAS as their first language.


Canyon News reached out to Hélio Fonseca de Araújo, but didn't hear back in time for print.



 

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