Brazil fan who is deaf, blind follows World Cup with help

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

But Junior did not watch or listen to the game the way most Brazilians did. Instead, the 31-year-old massage therapist who is deaf and blind experienced the match with the help of interpreters using touch communication and a model soccer field to recount the passes, goals and fouls of the national team.

“The moment you do this, you show that a deaf and blind person is the same as any other person,” said Junior, who communicates with tactile sign language. On Monday, Junior and a handful of other people with sight and hearing impairment gathered at a cultural center in Sao Paulo to follow the game with the help of interpreters. AP

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