Article submitted by Sheryl Brown, United Way of Central Florida Board of Directors
Harper was just over one years old when she was referred to the Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision. She only has light perception in both eyes and could not identify objects. With support from United Way our teacher of the visually impaired began working with her to help her safely explore her environment and learn braille. As she learned to walk she was taught to use a little white cane that helped her move around her home and yard safely. With the assistance of her teacher, she constantly exposed to new objects and environments to tactually explore and identify. Harper will be seven years old next month and when she entered public school she had a good concept of her environment, was able to read with Braille and travel independently and safely. These skills enable her to be on a level playing field with her peers and helped ensure a successful start to her education. She is on her way to a promising future thanks to the support of United Way of Central Florida.
President and CEO
Lighthouse for the Blind and Low Vision