Central Florida nonprofit helps children with vision impairments via confidence-boosting tree trek

Central Florida nonprofit helps children with vision impairments via confidence-boosting tree trek

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Florida – More than two dozen blind or partially sighted children buckled their seat belts and took part in a high ropes course on Saturday morning.

The course at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park aimed to teach the kids mobility and confidence, as well as sensory and social skills.

12-year-old Zoe Boleslawski was so happy that she and her friends were able to attend.

“That’s one of the fun things we can do with Lighthouse,” Boleslawski said. “We can learn skills, but we can also do fun activities.”

She completed the course like a pro.

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The children are part of the Lighthouse Central Florida.

“Some of us are blind, but most of us have visual impairments,” Boleslawski said.

Lighthouse Central Florida is a nonprofit organization that provides life-changing vision care to children, youth and adults in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties.

The ropes course can be tough and certainly challenging, but many of the kids told News 6 it’s fun and also builds confidence.

“We can go and do things that other kids are allowed to do, and that makes us feel like we’re no different,” Boleslawski said.

What a great time with this group of kids from Lighthouse, Central Florida. Mostly blind or partially sighted, they spend their Saturday on a high ropes course to boost their confidence, social skills and more. I even got dressed and took part. pic.twitter.com/qbgzH2TcC4

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Program Director Kerri Marczuk said Lighthouse’s services help many of these children when it comes to mobility, sensory and social skills. Lighthouse also provides education, life skills and job training for older people.

“It opens up different opportunities for them and gives them something to do,” Marczuk said. “They love to get outside and do something that any other kid can do.”

To learn more about Lighthouse Central Florida, click here.

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