Central Florida program teaches children living with blindness how to garden and cook

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida children living with blindness and visual impairment got the chance to experience a multisensory food exploration journey at the Edible Education Experience.

Students from Lighthouse Central Florida’s Children’s Program recently participated in the Edible Education Experience, where they learned about growing and harvesting things like cotton, beans, pumpkin and squash.

The program provides rehabilitation services for children living with vision impairment or blindness.

The children learned about how dirt and fertilizer support the growth of the food that we eat and had the chance to explore the garden firsthand, using their other senses.

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The fun and learning didn’t stop there - the kids got to chop ingredients such as cheese, tomatoes and basil to create a salad, and also rolled pasta and made pesto sauce together.

“This is the most fun I’ve had at Lighthouse. I’ve never made pasta before, but now I can show my mom how to do it at home,” said one student.

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According to a news release, using their sense of taste, the children discussed the different flavors of the ingredients and how they work together.

The Children’s Program supports children ages 5-13 and their families with services that enhance each child’s learning and ability to function independently, as well as engage with parents, guardians and family members.

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For more information on Lighthouse Central Florida’s services for children, teens and adults, CLICK HERE.

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