I coordinate activities for students who are blind, and I always try to make sure that everything is accessible for them, that is, multi-sensory and in the proper large print or Braille format. I got a little more than I bargained for last Saturday when we had a Happy New Year Party for them. Because it was AFTER the new year, I gleefully shopped for party supplies that were 75% off. (Gee…if I used the same theory and we celebrated Christmas AFTER Christmas, I would have saved a ton of money…but I digress…)
Knowing that the children love novel items, I purchased a large supply of “crackers” or “poppers”, such as in the above photo. During the party I thought they could pop them overhead, and feel the confetti rain down on them. I was mortified when the first popper was popped. It had little toys in it; a little maze, a little top, a little yoyo, and other items that were waaaaaaayyyyyyy too small for these children to be able to see and play with. I had purchased a huge quantity of them because they were so reasonably priced, (darn that frugal shopper in me!) When I looked at the contents, I knew it would be impossible to use them because they were not accessible.
Or WERE they…
Seeing as none of the children had noticed that first popper and its contents, I told them there was a new strategy to our popper game. They could hold them up over their heads, pop them open, and feel the “hard pieces of confetti” that would rain down upon them. Excitedly, they opened the poppers as the little toys bonked them on their heads and fell soundless to the carpeted floor. “I feel it! I feel the hard confetti!” they giggled and said delightedly, asking for more! More! More! They had a great time at the New Year Party, and the sound of their laughter still echoes in my mind making me smile.
Thinking about it, I realized that the poppers WERE accessible. The regular confetti in them was so tiny and light that the children were not really able to feel it as it rained out. But the “hard pieces of confetti”, now THAT they felt!
Link to the Readers Digest review of my book: http://www.rd.com/recommends/what-to-read-after-a-hurricane/