Clara Daly was on an Alaska Airlines flight with her mom Jane last week, but it wasn't the plane they were supposed to be on. Their original flight home from Boston was canceled, and they had to race to make an earlier flight. Jane writes that they made a mad dash to the airport and just made it. Clara now believes the flight change was supposed to happen for a profound reason.
Shortly after takeoff, a flight attendant made an announcement, Jane says. She asked if anyone on the plane knew sign language. "Clara has been studying American Sign Language so she rang the flight attendant button," Jane writes on Facebook. "They explained that the passenger was not only deaf, but also blind. The only way you can communicate with him was by signing into his hand." "They thought that he might need something and they weren't sure how to communicate," Clara told CBS Los Angeles. So, she walked over to the man's seat to see if she could help. She signed into the palm of his hand, and helped him communicate with the flight attendants. "Several times he requested her assistance throughout the flight," Jane writes.
She helped him ask for water, and how much time was left for the flight. Clara was happy to get up and help him whenever he needed, then "toward the end of the flight, he asked for her again, and this time he just wanted to talk. She spent the remainder of the flight until landing with him," Jane writes.
Clara says since she is dyslexic, she started learning sign language about a year ago because she "saw sign language as a way to communicate without having to read and write." Her parents, Jane and Bill, told CBS Los Angeles they could not be prouder of their daughter.
Thanks CBS News for sharing this story! Article on June 24 by Caitlin O'Kane
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