Inspired by a few frustrating encounters with deaf riders who needed help, bus driver Edwin Cora decided to learn American Sign Language to communicate with members of the deaf community.
Now he can tell which riders are deaf without even seeing them sign.
“They are always surprised to see a bus driver who knows how to sign even a little bit,” Cora, 55, said. “They get very happy…very excited.”
He was awarded the Hometown Heroes in Transit award, which honors extraordinary transit workers in New York City.
(READ the story, w/ photos, in the NY Daily News)