David Czerepak's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness

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Check out David Czerepak's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness

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David, Prep Cook, Cozymel’s Coastal Mex Restaurant

David was born deaf, and though he has glaucoma, he has functional vision. He started working with the Helen Keller National Center in 2006 and with the help of his job coach, he started at Cozymel restaurant in 2010.

David has been growing his role ever since and loving every day he works.

Osman, Manager, Cozymel Coastal Mex Restaurant

I remember he was friendly. He is a hard worker. He is nice and everybody loves him because he’s a good guy. When he comes in the morning he does a good job.

How have things changed since David was hired?

What has been your biggest challenge since he was hired?

Osman

I think that it was communication, because English is my second language and it is very hard for me.

But this challenge hasn’t stopped them from teaching each other new things.

Erin, Interpreter

And he knows how to spell his name too. O S, no that’s not right, M  A  N. Yeah that’s it!

What impact has Helen Keller had on your life?

David to Erin, Interpreter

Sometimes we say like we went to training there. I was in voc services. I became independent there. And that’s how I wound up here at work.

What has your independence allowed you to do now?

David to Erin, Interpreter

Cooking was very hard for me. I did not know how to cook, but now I can. I have to stay working here. I am so happy now.

Want to learn more about inspiring your employees and customers?

Contact HKNC to discuss the possibility of hiring a deaf-blind employee at your organization. Voice: 516-944-8900  VP: 516-570-3260

www.HelenKeller.org/HKNC