Children filled the field at McAlister Park for an Easter egg hunt on Sunday. However, this one had a twist. They had to do it blindfolded.
It was an event created by Alström Angels founder Cassie Johnston in 2013 to bring awareness to and increase inclusivity for kids with visual impairments, she said.
“We blindfolded them and that way they could actually get to experience what it is like without their sight,” said Johnston.
Her daughter, Bryce Johnston was diagnosed with Alström Syndrome and is visually impaired. She said this event is fun and easy for her.
Alström Syndrome is a genetic disease that affects children with complete blindness, deafness, type 2 diabetes, kidney and liver failure, congestive heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
“It’s really not that hard for me because I just use my ears and I have pretty good hearing. It’s a piece of cake,” said Bryce.
Kids with vision said the blindfolds took some adjusting, but they appreciated getting to put themselves in other kids’ shoes.
“Now I know what it is like for people who really can’t see them so I know how hard it is to search for eggs,” said Jailyn Hodge, a young boy who participated in the hunt.
The event lasted about three hours, with kids being awarded candy for all the eggs they collected.
The Alström Angels founders also hosted the groudbreaking for the Milestones Development & Play Park, which is set to open in 2020.