Technology aids visually impaired children in Easter egg hunt
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Beyond the Horizon: The Power of Collaboration in Incorporating Children with Vision Impairments into Easter Egg Hunts

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired recently hosted its annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt at the organization’s Academy Playground. With the help of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association and Miami-Dade Police Department Bomb Squad, 45 students participated in the event. Each egg emitted a beeping sound to help the visually impaired students locate them, highlighting the organization’s mission that “it’s possible to see without sight.”

Children with vision disabilities often feel excluded from traditional activities like Easter egg hunts. However, thanks to the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt, both visually impaired students and those without disabilities could come together to enjoy this festive tradition using their sense of hearing. In addition to finding Easter eggs, the students also received Easter baskets and had an interactive session with a police robot.

According to Virginia Jacko, President and CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, it was essential to provide such opportunities for children with visual impairments. She stated that these experiences help them develop independence and confidence in their abilities. Steadman Stahl, President of the South Florida PBA, expressed pride in sponsoring and supporting this event to ensure that all beeping eggs were fully functional. This collaboration allowed early learners and elementary school students at the Miami Lighthouse Academy to experience the thrill of finding Easter eggs. For more information about the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, visit their website at miamilighthouse.org.

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