FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jessica L. Edmiston
Director, AIDB Birmingham Regional Center
220 34th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222
Birmingham, Alabama FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
When one thinks of Easter, bomb technicians do not first come to mind.
But, if not for the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), the Easter experience might not be accessible to infants, toddlers and children with vision and hearing loss.
“Members of the IABTI construct electronic beeping Easter Eggs, which are used at Easter Egg Hunts around the Southeast,” explains David Hyche, whose daughter, Rachel, was the inspiration for the concept over a decade ago. “IABTI has donated both the funds and the expertise the last seven years for the construction of these eggs which are used year-round by Orientation and Mobility teachers to teach children who are blind/low vision travel skills.”
Like Rachel, children who are blind and those with hearing loss or other disabilities, will have the opportunity to participate in one such egg hunt, hosted by the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) Birmingham Regional Center, on Tuesday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Patriot Park, 710 Oak Grove Rd., Homewood. The 12th Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is made possible with support from IABTI, City of Homewood, Alabama Association for Parents of Visually Impaired (AAPVI) Children with the support of North Shelby Baptist Church.
“These events are being held around the nation now with the model developed here in Alabama,” explains Hyche. “The partnership with IABTI is crucial because the components are very expensive. We are excited that the project has grown and continues to receive state, national and even international attention.”
For more information, please contact AIDB Birmingham Regional Center Early Intervention Service Coordinator Rachel Pilston at (205) 328-3989 or Pilston.Rachel@aidb.state.al.us.
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Now more than 150 years strong, AIDB’s mission is to provide superior comprehensive education and service programs for individuals who are deaf, blind and multidisabled and their families. This commitment to excellence is carried out through three schools, serving children, three to 21 (Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School of Alabama); an education/rehabilitation adult program (E.H. Gentry Facility); and a manufacturing complex (Alabama Industries for the Blind). In Fiscal Year 2015-2016 AIDB served more than 24,400 individuals through five Talladega campuses and statewide Regional Centers located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscumbia and Tuscaloosa.