Posted 08 November 2004 - 12:00 PM
Allow me to share what I did see of it.
It was a family in which the father and mother were both deaf, raising two sons. The younger one was blind, deaf, and autistic (I think), and the older one was basically taking care of everyone the best he could. Before the home makeover, the younger son would leave the house often unattended, because he was so curious to his environment.
While the family left the house for a few days of pampering (a portion that I missed), there was many people re-building the home that they have lived in for many years. When they was finished, the family came back to see the changes.
Being escorted to each room in the house, the changes were many.
In the younger son's room, you can see just how safe his environment is, which also encouraged learning in every way possible. I know that even the simple touches such as braille labels on everything, including drawers and toys, will "allow him to learn everywhere" as Ty, the host, mentioned. Bookshelves full of braille books, including a Harry Potter title, will also encourage him to read more. Although it was not mentioned, I was given the impression that the young man does not read often. Leaving the room, one may even think that there is something missing...but it was revealed in another room.
They showed the parents room next. The only request by them was that they have a smaller bed, so that they can sleep closer. The statement made by them really touches on how close the family is. Although I do not remember much about this room because of a phone call, the one thing that did stand in my mind was that they have a camera system-the best in the world, if Im not mistaken-to keep an eye on their younger son. They can switch to different cameras located in the entire house, to see where he may be. Also, they had lights installed on the wall to tell them of impending danger. One for fire, which I believe is hooked into their smoke alarm, and another one with a special meaning. They sewed transmitters into all of the son's clothes (actually I think they only mentioned his PJs), that if he steps beyond the boundary of their home, then the other light will flash white to notify the parents. They also converted a closet I believe, into a laundry room, so that they do not have to go very far from the camera system. I may have missed other dialog about it, but that was my impression.
The team also re-did the basement into a play room for the younger son. Every single step and color was approved by an autistic agency to assure safety and encourage learning.
They even remodeled a room just for a getaway for the mother. It was a craft-type room, complete with a monitor for their son.
For the older son, they remodeled his bedroom as well. Although I did get to see most of it, I could not hear what they was saying.
To finish the show off, as they do every episode, they always have a big surprise. In some, I have seen someone famous that the entire family admires show up, but in this episode, it may not mean as much to this family. A charity donated a $50,000 scholarship for collage for the older son.
I am really sorry that I can not provide any more details. I hope that someone has a copy of it that I can watch so I can provide more information.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
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