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Visually Impaired Adults Experience Local Wilderness

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For most Southern California residents, a day at the beach or on a hiking trail is nothing out of the ordinary.  But for this group of visually impaired  students, it's something they don't often get to experience.

"It's just a wonderful thing to know about because it's part of the world and part of the experience of life," said Jennafer Abrigo, a student at the Braille Institute of Orange County. 

The group spent the day at Crystal Cove State Park, learning about nature and how to navigate unfamiliar surroundings. 

"This helps them to develop the skills to become more confident and be safe out in the community," said Nancy Hendrickson, Education Director at the Braille Institute.

The Crystal Cove Alliance taught the students about animals and plants naturally found in the area, like different types of sage and how to listen for possible danger, like bees that normally surround buckwheat.

Lessons that help give visually impaired students the tools to be independent.  But most importantly listening to sound of birds chirping and the waves rolling in, gives these students a chance to get outdoors and enjoy life.

"Experiencing it first-hand like this, being on the nature trail and walking on the beach is just a wonderful way for someone who's visually impaired to experience it first-hand," said Abrigo.

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