Joel’s first stop in Brussels, a historical city and the home of the European Union, is the Manneken Pis, a small statue of a prince from a local legend and finding a genuine Belgian waffle, covered with chocolate, strawberries, banana and whipped cream. Visiting Liege, the home of the deaf museum, Centre Robert Dresse, Joel interviews the great-grandson of Antoine Dresse, the co-founder along with Rubens Alcais of the original Deaflympics organization, C.I.S.S. History is shared and a tour is given of the museum. After understanding the local deaf heritage, Joel meets Adam Kosa, the first Deaf member of the European Parliament, from Hungary and chats about his success in politics. More Belgian chocolate is had, of course, at the Zaabar chocolatier, before Joel tries some Belgian mussels and frites, the local dish. No Barriers With Joel Barish also takes you to visit the European Union of the Deaf where Joel interviews Mark Wheatley, the Executive Director. Special thanks to the Belgium Tourism Office
ABOUT THE SHOW
An around-the-world trip took Joel to seven countries and many different successful Deaf individuals! In just two weeks, No Barriers with Joel Barish traveled via air to spend about two days in each city and truly showcases how empowered deaf people are all around the world. The trip was a positive outlook on the potential of deaf people to succeed in any aspect. No Barriers with Joel Barish would not have been able to complete the trip if it were not for tourism offices in each country. The offices provided Joel with local Deaf tour guides and accommodations to promote their countries, and No Barriers with Joel Barish is always open to new ideas and locations and partnerships with local tourism offices.