Community embraces hearing-impaired employee

Posted at 6:59 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 19:59:50-04

A video taken at a Subway in Port Aransas has gone viral. The video shows how the restaurant makes it possible for people with impairments to have a job.

The Subway in Port Aransas is in the spotlight after a video showcasing one of their employees has gone viral.

The video shows Graham Wade working. At first glance, it’s not obvious, but Wade is hearing impaired.

Manager Jose Curiel says he hired Wade about four months ago. He started as a dishwasher but quickly moved to the front of the house because of his work ethic.

The community is fond of him.

“He turns out as fast as he can get em’, faster than anybody else that works here does it,” says Subway regular Gabriel Garza.

One regular even made Wade a sign to help him communicate better with customers.

“He came in one day, out of nowhere, it was amazing,” says Curiel. “He was out to lunch at the time but when he came back you can see he that he was really happy to have it.”

Many people use the card to point at which toppings they want, but others are going an extra step.

“Customers always want to learn sign language, and they’re really cool with him,” says Curiel.

Co-workers also communicate with Wade through sign language. Curiel says a hearing impairment does not get in the way of his work. He hopes other employers are inspired to hire people who may be a little bit different.