Watch A Guy Let His Blind Autistic Son Shift Gears In A Subaru WRX STI


Awesome Dad Award? This guy. Right here.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to experience the pleasure of driving. Whether they were hurt in a serious accident or born with impairments of some kind, it’s important to remember that there are people less fortunate than many of us. But Omar Chavez wouldn’t let his teenage son’s blindness and autism get in the way of learning to drive stick shift. Obviously he couldn’t let his son, Spenny, get behind the wheel of a moving car, let alone his Subaru WRX STI.

So Chavez did the next best thing: he taught Spenny how to shift the lever while he drove and pressed the clutch pedal at the appropriate time. And fortunately Chavez had a dash cam set up to capture the entire thing.

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With Spenny in the front passenger seat, all Chavez had to do was say which gear was required and the younger Chavez handled the shifting. Good thing Spenny had the gearing map memorized; he didn’t miss a single gear. Yes, this is truly awesome and it’s wonderful seeing how happy shifting and going for a ride in the STI makes Spenny. As for Omar, this guy deserves a Dad of the Year Award, if there is such a thing.