Esta é uma pequena história sobre Henry Viscardi Jr. e o magnífico trabalho que desenvolveu em sua vida, oferecendo oportunidades para pessoas que possuíam algum tipo de deficiência física, como veremos no texto a seguir.

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The Monkey ManO Homem-macaco
I was passing through Fordhan University, New York.Eu estava de passagem pela Universidade de Fordhan, Nova York.
My colleague, American Jesuit, on learning that I liked to write light stories for young people, proposed a trip to Long Island, where he would see something sensational, unexpected and even never dreamed of by anyone ...Meu colega, Jesuíta americano, ao saber que eu gostava de escrever estorinhas leves para jovens, propôs um passeio a Long Island, onde veria alguma coisa sensacional, inesperada e até nunca sonhada por ninguém...
He got me in the car and we left...Fez-me entrar no carro e saímos...
In fact, what I saw on this tour is a unique case.De fato, o que vi neste passeio é um caso único.
A shoe factory designed just for the disabled.Uma fábrica de sapatos projetada só para deficientes físicos.
All machines were developed by the company owner, Mister Henry Viscardi.Todas as máquinas foram desenvolvidas pelo proprietário da empresa, Mister Henry Viscardi.
There were machines operated only by a stump of the arm, others only by the feet or some stunted leg.Lá se viam máquinas acionadas só por um toco de braço, outras só pelos pés ou alguma perna atrofiada.
There was one, the one that moved me the most, manipulated by the mouth of a quadriplegic worker!Havia uma, a que mais me comoveu, manipulada pela boca de um operário tetraplégico!
Henry Viscardi, the owner and creator of this marvel of love, was also physically handicapped.Henry Viscardi, o proprietário e criador dessa maravilha de amor, era também deficiente físico.
He had been born with legs atrophied from the knee down and had only a sketch of feet.Nascera com as pernas atrofiadas do joelho para baixo e tinha apenas um esboço de pés.
As a child, he walked with his hands, holding two wooden stumps, covered with rubber tires.Quando criança, andava com as mãos, segurando dois tocos de madeira, calçados com borracha de pneu.
This way of walking earned him the nickname "ape-man", given by the boys at school.Esse seu modo de andar lhe valeu o apelido de "homem-macaco", dado pelos meninos da escola.
Every time they called him that, he went out, jumping with his wooden stumps, to go to cry with the teacher.Cada vez que o chamavam assim, ele saía, pulando com seus tocos de madeira, para ir chorar junto da professora.
One day, she decided to give him a moral shake, saying:Um dia, esta resolveu dar-lhe uma sacudidela moral, dizendo:
"You can put an end to all this if you want! You're a very smart boy and can be first in the class. When that happens, everyone will respect you.""Você pode pôr um fim a tudo isso se quiser! É um garoto muito inteligente e pode ser o primeiro da classe. Quando isto acontecer, todos irão respeitá-lo."
It was said and done.Dito e feito.
He began to face that situation (seeing himself called "monkey man") without tears or aggression.Passou a enfrentar aquela situação (ver-se chamado de "homem-macaco") sem lágrimas nem agressividade.
But, above all, he started to do his studies well, in a short time he was the first of his class! The mockery was over.Mas, sobretudo, começou a caprichar nos estudos, e em pouco tempo estava em primeiro lugar! Acabou-se a zombaria.
He finished primary and high school.Ele terminou o primário e o colegial.
He entered college and majored in engineering.Entrou para a faculdade e formou-se em engenharia.
He married and had four daughters! He opened a shoe industry and, in a few years, accumulated an immense fortune!Casou-se e teve quatro filhas! Abriu uma indústria de sapatos e, em poucos anos, acumulou uma imensa fortuna!
One day, in his millionaire car, adapted by himself to be controlled entirely with his hands, he saw a disabled man crawling through the streets of New York.Um dia, no seu carrão milionário, adaptado por ele próprio para ser controlado inteiramente com as mãos, viu um deficiente físico arrastando-se pelas ruas de Nova York.
That hurt him and suggested a great idea.Aquilo doeu-lhe e lhe sugeriu uma grande idéia.
He started planning special machines for the disabled.Começou a planejar máquinas especiais para deficientes.
It took months and months of work, poring over the drawing boards.Foram meses e meses de trabalho, debruçado sobre as pranchetas.
And the factory came out of the paper.E a fábrica saiu do papel.
There I was walking through their pavilions, greeted by dozens and dozens of smiles from the disabled .Lá estava eu percorrendo seus pavilhões, saudado por dezenas e dezenas de sorrisos de deficientes.
but there was no deficiency in those smiles, because they came from very happy men and women.Mas não havia deficiência alguma naqueles sorrisos, porque vinham de homens e mulheres muito felizes.
Henry Viscardi is a great Catholic, but his factory, which bears the well-used name of "Abilities", has a job for all religions and everyone loves each other with the same happy smile! "I, who knew suffering well, learned to help those who suffer," says Henry.Henry Viscardi é um grande católico, mas sua fábrica, que leva o nome tão bem empregado de "Abilities" (Habilidade), tem emprego para todas as religiões e todos se amam com o mesmo sorriso de felicidade! "Eu que conheci bem o sofrimento aprendi a socorrer os que sofrem," diz Henry.
There are many suffering people who, perhaps, would find peace and happiness if they sought to help someone who suffers as much or more than they do.Há muitas pessoas sofredoras que, talvez, encontrassem paz e felicidade se procurassem ajudar alguém que sofre tanto ou mais do que elas.
This is the wonderful, unforgettable lesson of the disabled millionaire who, from the top of his millions of dollars, has looked at other disabled people and helped them find their place in life.Esta é a lição maravilhosa, inesquecível, do milionário deficiente físico que, do alto dos seus milhões de dólares, debruçou-se sobre outros deficientes e os ajudou a encontrar o seu lugar na vida.
The "Monkey Man" Lesson!A Lição do "Homem-macaco"!

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