CCPS hosts first-ever ‘accessible’ egg hunt
Published 10:27 am Friday, April 19, 2019
Easter eggs glowed in the dark, beeped, floated in a baby pool, sat firmly in the grass tied to a balloon and even rolled slightly in the wind as they lay spread out atop the concrete with tiny magnetic strips attached to them.
Jasamyn DeGrant, a Clark County Public Schools teacher for visually impaired students, said every type of Easter egg modification allowed students of different abilities to participate.
“We planned an accessible egg hunt for some of our kids,” DeGrant said. “I’m a teacher for the visually impaired, so I wanted my kids who have visual impairments to have something they can participate in.”
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Students who are in wheelchairs could easily use a magnetic stick to pick up the eggs outside; students with a visual impairment could listen for the beeping of the eggs inside, and more.
“Kids in wheelchairs, they have magnetic eggs out there that they can put their stick down and pick them up, they can use the balloons and pull them up and put them in their basket,” DeGrant said. “Every activity we have today is designed to meet their specific needs so that everybody has a chance to enjoy it have fun.”
The “Accessible Egg Hunt,” sponsored by the CCPS department of Exceptional Children, was the first of its kind for the district, said DeGrant, who helped organize the event. About 40 students participated in the festivities.
“We hope that it becomes an annual thing,” DeGrant said.