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A Hearing Impaired Person Received The Warmest Surprise When He Went Out One Day

A Hearing Impaired Person Received The Warmest Surprise When He Went Out One Day

Many of us have never had the fear of having our eyes masked by darkness, or the fear of having our ears muffled by silence. We live in blissful ignorance of the difficulties faced by disabled people around us – even though on average, 15 out of 100 people in the world experience some form of disability.

The theme of this short video is stated right in the beginning:

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“All for Muharrem, to have one day without barriers.”

It was just another ordinary day for Muharrem as he headed out of his home with his sister, Ozlem. Due to his impaired hearing, we can see how he engaged in a conversation with his sister through signing to each other. However, he received his first jolt of surprise when a stranger walked by and said hello – with sign language. His confusion was clear as day as he slowly turned to his sister with a look of “what just happened?” while taking backward glances as said stranger continued with his stroll casually.

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As Muharrem’s day progressed, he came across a shopper at the grocery store, a cashier at a bagel shop, a taxi driver who all had one thing in common when they met.

They gave him a warm smile and greeted him with sign language as if it was nothing special.

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As the video progressed, Muharrem’s expressions gradually shifted from one of confusion to wonder, and when it was finally revealed that it was a surprise prepared solely for him, he broke down in tears of joy together with the crowd around him.

Indeed, there are barriers between disabled and able-bodied persons. There are mountains we have to climb and seas we have to cross in order to completely understand each other. It may be a language we have to learn or a tool to improve accessibility we have to design or operate, yet it all boils down whether if we are willing to make an effort to ensure everyone can live every day without barriers.

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And I believe, with all my heart, that it is something we can achieve one day.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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