Pictures from our trip to The North Carolina School for the Deaf and McDonald’s

We wanted to share some of the images of our trip to North Carolina where we met with 5 students and their teacher to talk about what would make their town more “deaf friendly”.   The students researched a video online and found that Inclusion Solutions works to make drive thrus accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing – they contacted me and rather then just send information via email or snail mail, we decided to travel to meet them.  Because I had just started blogging with my mom (Brigid), I asked her to join me in this trip and learn about this wonderful community.  Yes, she brought her knitting with her –

Brigid waiting for the presentation to begin

Coincidence

At the same time the students were researching our company, so was Heather Joyner the owner of the McDonald’s (with her husband Patrick) there in Morganton, NC.  The two were completely separate inquiries and during this trip we were able to connect all of the dots…  Heather came to the school for the presentation and shared with the students that she would be installing OrderAssist at 2 of her restaurants.   Julie Chang from The News Herald spent the day with us and the story was published in their local newspaper yesterday.  We have a couple of videos to post, but, we first wanted you to see some of the images from our adventures to North Carolina.

After the all school presentation, the students came with me to McDonald’s and installed OrderAssist.  Being able to install this system with the students was a privilege.

I really want to thank the students and their teacher Rene Skelton for making this happen.  The students were very polite and appreciative that we were there.  Also, being at the Joyner’s restaurant was a beautiful moment of inclusion.  I couldn’t believe just how many people they employ and that they have been hiring people with disabilities for a long time.  It was no wonder that she was seeking out our system, it seems to fit their philosophy quite well.

Here are some of the images from our trip:

At the School:

Brigid was welcomed by the school
Patrick speaking to audience
Fab 5 to their peers
Fab 5 wave to their peers
Students come on stage to talk with school
Students come on stage to talk with school
Owner of McDonalds, Heather Joyner on stage with students
Owner of McDonalds, Heather Joyner on stage with students
I love you in front of NCSD
I love you in front of NCSD

Heading to McDonald’s to install OrderAssist

NCSD School Bus
NCSD School Bus
conversation before install
students open boxes
students open boxes
Jesus and Oscar finish installing OrderAssist post
Jesus and Oscar finish installing OrderAssist post
students helping mike install
students helping mike install
1st customer to use system
1st customer to use OrderAssist system
patrick talking to students about what happens inside
patrick talking to students about what happens inside
"I love you" in front of McDonald's and OrderAssist
"I love you" in front of McDonald's and OrderAssist
Owner Patrick Joyner with employee Chanda
Owner Patrick Joyner with employee Chanda
Brigid and Students saying goodbye
Brigid and Students saying goodbye

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4 thoughts on “Pictures from our trip to The North Carolina School for the Deaf and McDonald’s

  1. My heart just exploded with happiness; what a wonderful day…nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina for such a special day.

  2. Looking at the students today makes me wish I was back in school now. I wish my classmate and I had a chance to do something like this back in 1984. I like to say congrats to NCSD students and Mrs. Rene Skelton for doing this and to say Thank you for taking a trip with your mom to NCSD. Putting this news on your Blog.

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