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Disney characters connect with hearing-impaired child and get hugs in return

No words are spoken, but Disney characters and hearing-impaired child understand each other

A hearing-impaired child visiting Disneyland with the help of Olive Crest, which assists at-risk kids and families, made a strong connection with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, whose use of American Sign Language helped make the child's day even more sp
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A hearing-impaired child visiting Disneyland with the help of Olive Crest, which assists at-risk kids and families, made a strong connection with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, whose use of American Sign Language helped make the child's day even more sp

The big mice went even beyond the happy standards of Disneyland when they greeted a young hearing-impaired child earlier in June.

The visit to the park was set up by Olive Crest, an agency that works with at-risk children and their families, according to a story posted by reporter Joshua Staab of KXTV Channel 10.

Upon arrival to Disneyland, the child was greeted by actors in the Disney characters of Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Pluto. The child signed to the characters, and both Minnie and Mickey signed back, using the signs for “It’s nice to meet you” and “I love you,” according to the KTXL story.

An Olive Crest representative was quoted in the story as saying, “The little boy typically isn’t a hugger, but once he realized that they spoke ‘his language,’ he couldn’t help but run into their arms.”

The story said that arrangements had been made to have an American Sign Language translator present, but the characters weren’t briefed before the visit and communicated with the child on their own.

Staab wrote that the video, which is posted on the Olive Crest Facebook page, has been viewed nearly 400,000 times and shared more than 2,500 times.

“Just when you thought Disneyland couldn't get any more magical . . .,” was included on the Facebook post.

Brian Blomster: 916-326-5512, @b_blomster

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