Not given any further information, Robert imagined a host of mostly ominous reasons for the sudden meeting.
The last thing he considered was that he would be auditioning for the lead in the short film, Feeling Through.Nor did he ever think he would receive the part and become the first DeafBlind actor in an Oscar nominated film. But that is exactly what happened.
The film by writer/director Doug Roland is based on his own real-life encounter he had over ten years ago late one night in New York. It was his first time meeting a DeafBlind person and the experience of learning alternative means of communicating never left him.
Both Doug and Robert talk with guest host Lisa Bryant about casting an authentic DeafBlind person, and the value rather than the expense of providing accommodations. Doug also addresses what some have called unrealistic portrayal of Robert’s character as too trusting of a total stranger.
Robert talks about the wild ride of stardom and more importantly raising the awareness of talent in the DeafBlind community.
Contact Your State Services
If you reside in Minnesota, and you would like to know more about Transition Services from State Services contact Transition Coordinator Sheila Koenig by email or contact her via phone at 651-539-2361.
Check out the Blind Abilities Communityon Facebook, the Blind Abilities Page, and the Career Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired group