Innovation to the rescue of differently abled Brazil fan

A 31-year-old massage therapist who is deaf and blind followed Brazil’s round-of-16 match against Mexico in a unique way.

Carlos Junior (centre), who is both deaf and blind, experiences the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico with the help of an interpreter in Sao Paulo.   -  AP

Like fans all over soccer-mad Brazil, Carlos Junior followed every move the national team made on the field in its 2-0 victory over Mexico.

But Junior did not watch or listen the way much of Brazil did. Instead, the 31-year-old massage therapist who is deaf and blind experienced Monday’s game with the help of interpreters who used tactile signing, touch communication and a model soccer field to recount the passes, goals and fouls of the national team.

Junior’s technique for following the World Cup moved many people after a friend posted a video of Junior following a group game. The video caught the attention of national and international media and has been shared and seen by millions online.

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