Lighthouse Central Florida recently gave children ages 5-13 who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to experience an aerial ropes course to help improve their orientation and mobility. This is one of many areas of instruction that Lighthouse provides for children living with vision loss, along with sensory efficiency skills, social skills and more. Made possible through a donation from Massey Services, the children visited Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park for the experience.
The activity gave the children a chance to have fun while boosting their confidence, demonstrating that they have the same abilities and opportunities as other children.
Through orientation and mobility activities, visually impaired children are shown how to use sight alternatives for safe and independent travel purposes. Students are taught trailing techniques, search patterns, sighted guide techniques, use of vision for travel and orientation, use of the long cane, and independent travel in a variety of environments.
Lighthouse Central Florida provides education, independent life skills, and job readiness training and coaching to people of all ages living with vision impairment or blindness and their families. The organization is the only nonprofit provider of life-changing vision rehabilitation services in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole counties.
For more information about Lighthouse Central Florida, visit www.LighthouseCFL.org.