Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Egg hunt using a beeper is a successful event for the visually impaired

A beeper egg hunt was held Wednesday morning in Loose Park for children from the Center for the Visually Impaired.

KMBC's Jim Flink reported that 74 children with various visual limitations searched for the chirping eggs.

"Look! I found one. I found two," said Abby Burton.

The idea for the beeper egg hunt was hatched 25 years ago.

"It's about the most rewarding experience you can ever have," said Judy Howard.

"In your mind, you know that visually impaired kids ought to be able to run and play as much as any other child. But when you see it, it's, like, wow," said Michelle McBrayer.

Flink reported that each child goes at his or her own speed.

"I see chocolate and a green Starburst," Burton said.

The volunteers who put on the event -- The Telephone Pioneers -- put on two other events for other children who are visually impaired.


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