by Helen Hahn, Braille and Academics Instructor
On Friday morning, September 21, several clients and staff from Alphapointe, loaded the van and car to travel to the Kansas State School for the Blind, (KSSB) where we joined in the fun and festivities for their Track Walk. The event, sponsored by the KC Blind All-Stars, was organized to raise funds to support their foundation. The Blind All-Stars Foundation provides financial support, so that blind and visually impaired students throughout the Metro and across the state can participate in sports activities and other fun and educational experiences such as Boys’ and Girls’ weekends.
Our group was impressed with the guide wires on the straight track. These wires make it possible for someone with a severe vision loss to sprint down a straight track independently. Everyone had great fun participating in the Alpha race.
We then traveled to the Plaza to have lunch at Chuy’s. The food was FABULOUS! We made it educational by sharing some impromptu ordering and eating strategies, and activities of daily living instructor, Becky Dumsky led a lesson on tip calculation.
We concluded by joining orientation and mobility instructor, Marian Cummings for a demonstration of how to safely cross at several types of intersections.
The Alpha race, the food, and the street crossing lesson on the beautiful Plaza, coupled with the wonderful weather and company made for a great day of fun and learning!
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