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Students who are blind or visually impaired experience the solar eclipse

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The solar eclipse was a huge and highly anticipated event around the nation. For school-aged kids, it can be an incredible sight to see. 

But for some students in Colorado Springs, they could not physically see the event.

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind wanted to make sure that even if that was the case, student would be able to experience the historic event. 

On Monday, there was special curriculum and activities aimed specifically at the students with visual impairments. 

Whether the kids were blind, or low vision, there were several ways they could be part of the eclipse experience. 

Teachers at the school planned activities including tactile graphic exploration from NASA, a soundscape multisensory experience, a live audio description of the eclipse as well as a pinhole projector. 

For the students, the inclusion was very important. 

"You feel like you're part of something. That you aren't being excluded," said Quincie Mattick, a junior at the school who is blind. 

For others, they say they were grateful that the school made the extra effort during the event. 

"It makes me happy to know that I come to a school that does not miss out on these things or doesn't skip these events and get us involved and gets us hyped up for them," said Jack Lambert, another student with visual impairments. 

For teachers at the school, they say they want to highlight that accessibility should be commonplace.

"This is what the world needs to be. Giving these kids a way to access the things that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Everybody who is blind or visually impaired or who has a disability deserves a way to access these amazing events," said Karissa Johnson, a teacher at the school. 

 

 

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