Children who are visually impaired and blind enjoy Easter egg hunt
Brandon Gunnoe, WHDH
9:28 AM, Apr 1, 2013
WATERTOWN, Mass. - Some kids in Watertown got a little bit of help with their egg hunt, making it extra special.
That's because these kids are from the Perkins School for the Blind.
And, with some simple technology, they were able to collect Easter eggs just like anyone else.
Who doesn't remember going on Easter egg hunts? As a kid, it's part of growing up.
But for the blind or visually impaired, it can be challenging. Until now.
"Most eggs don't beep. These eggs beep," said Tom Geraci.
Students from Perkins School for the Blind took part in the third annual spring egg hunt with beeping eggs.
"I feel like this is a place where I can interact with people who are just like me because since I was born I've been curious about other kids just like me and now I know," said Geraci.
Organizers with Perkins School for the Blind say the Easter egg hunt is mostly for fun, and a chance to show the kids that they can do the same things as their friends who can see.
"I mean they've seen their brothers and sisters and maybe their classmates go on Easter egg hunts, and they've never had that opportunity, but with this they can do that and have fun doing it," said Bill Winter, spokesperson for Perkins School.
In some ways, the parents may enjoy it more than the kids, seeing their children forget that they have a disability.
"There's such a connection here at Perkins and when we come back for a reunion each year like this -- it's just heartwarming to be here," said Cristin Geraci.
The eggs are hidden in 3 separate areas: for kids with low to no sight, kids in wheelchairs and kids with vision.
"It's also an opportunity to show that kids who are blind and do anything that other kids can do as long as they're given opportunity and the tools to do it," said Winter.
Close to a hundred kids showed up and organizers say every year is bigger than the one before.