Shedd Aquarium Tactile Tour & Described Aquatic Show
VPEC has partnered with the Shedd Aquarium to provide our children with the opportunity to learn and access unique props by touch, braille and audio description. What would otherwise be an inaccessible visual experience for our children, was made meaningful by this wonderful collaboration. VPEC and the Shedd Aquarium have conceptualized an exclusive program for VPEC's children that is now being replicated and offered to the blind community. Our collaboration with this well-regarded organization has helped create greater accessibility for blind and visually impaired children, including the fabrication of a 3D replica of Shedd Aquarium's aquatic show area, 3D prints of fish, among others. VPEC's children and families had access and touched live animals such as a lizard, a turtle and more for the first time in their lives!
Garfield Park Conservatory
VPEC's partnership with the Garfield Park Conservatory enabled parents and children to experience a fun sensory tour of exotic plants and trees. This interactive tour format made it possible for our blind and visually impaired children, teens and adults to learn about many plants and trees by touch, complementing all the information they were provided by detailed description. In addition, families and kids created their own apple cider mulling bag with fresh ingredients from the conservatory.
Descriptive Yoga and Family Picnic
at the Beach
VPEC partners with community professionals such as Yarina Liston, a professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University, who also specializes on Global Family and Children’s Yoga. Yarina's expertise and interest in making yoga accessible to all needs inspired a one-of-a-kind event showcasing descriptive yoga followed by a family picnic at Montrose Beach, Chicago. Many children experienced yoga for the first time in their lives and were able to practice it independently by following detailed description. Families shared a picnic at the beach and had a chance to get to know each other while their kids had a blast expanding their senses as they played together in the sand, grass and water.