This Dad Is A Hero. He Created Beeping Easter Eggs For His Blind Daughter To Hunt
April 7, 2015
David Hyche was determined to find a way for his blind daughter, Rachel, to participate fully in an Easter egg hunt without verbal and physical assistance. Holding her hand and directing her to eggs just wasn't good enough.
Hyche searched the internet and found that the Blind Children's Center in Los Angeles had information about plastic eggs that beep, allowing a blind or visually impaired child to find the eggs on their own.
Armed with this information, Hyche constructed his own electronic eggs - which consist of a switch, a piezo beeper, a 9-volt battery, and a battery clip costing around $11.50 per egg.
The local police department assisted Hyche in building 40 electronic eggs and held the first Easter egg hunt in Birmingham, Alabama for 11 visually impaired children in 2005.
"Their parents and teachers saw how it taught independence, mobility, and location skills," reports IABTI.org. "Learning to locate and retrieve items is difficult for a blind or visually impaired child, and the beeping egg was both a valuable educational tool and a lot of fun."
In 2007, 150 children participated. In 2009, there were two separate events to accommodate everyone.
"It's spread all over the country," Hyche said in an interview with Fox News on April, 2, 2015. "We add a couple of states every year and I'm so happy."
Watch Hyche's interview below:
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