The 55-year-old was inspired to learn American Sign Language after a few encounters with deaf passengers who needed help. He was frustrated that he wasn't able to understand what they needed. Instead of just shrugging off the problem, he took it upon himself to learn ASL.
"They are always surprised to see a bus driver who knows how to sign even a little bit," said Cora to New York Daily News. "They get very happy. They get very excited, and the other passengers, who watch us, are flabbergasted."
"When I get on the bus and communicate with Edwin, it clicks together," said deaf college student Alex Rozentsvit, who formed a friendship with the bus driver. "He understands my deafness and deaf culture. He is a great fellow and I like him a lot."
Cora started out just wanting to communicate with his passengers, but now has even loftier goals. He hopes to learn sign language well enough to translate his minister's sermon at his church so the deaf community can enjoy Sunday services like everyone who can hear. "That's like my dream, standing up in front at church and interpreting in ASL."