Blind students experience circus

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by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM

A group of students at The Washington State School for the Blind got to experience the circus like never before.  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus held a “Blind Touch Tour” at the Kent ShoWare Center today.
 

13 visually impaired students had the chance to touch a python and an elephant.  The elephant was quite the surprise for some students.
 

“When you’re visually impaired, you sense stuff like shadows,” said Su Park. “For a second I was like this is a wall and then I realized there shouldn’t be a wall there.  And then the wall ate the apple.  I got the impression that the supposed wall was alive.”
 

The children touched the curtains, tried on costumes and gave the hoola hoop a whirl.  Through it all, they used their fingertips, their ears and their noses to take in the circus.  It was an afternoon that opened up a whole new world for the blind.

“The rest of the world can look at stuff on the internet, but it's not like we can go to a concert and be able to see everything,” said Park.

This was the first time the Ringling Brothers held a “Blind Touch Tour” for the school.
 

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