Special honors for blind students in Overbrook

OVERBROOK - May 25, 2012

The Overbrook School for the Blind honored several students today for their hard work.

It was a day when students ages 6 to 21 were recognized for their accomplishments.

"We don't always think about how hard it is for people to recognize shapes or read braille," said Tashea White.

For 19 year old White - who racked up several awards Friday - it's been one challenge after another.

At only 11-years-old, she became blind after being diagnosed with Shogran's disease.

"It's hard because when you're used to doing something one way and things change. You also have to adjust to meeting people which is what I did here. I've met a lot of people that are in similar situations or the same situation that I'm in," she said.

For many students, Overbrook has become a family.

For parents like Shaquenda Washington, it's the place that has helped her little boy cope as he battles congenital glaucoma.

"We've been through surgeries, therapists, all kinds of special treatments," said Washington.

No matter the challenges these students face on a daily basis, it's their spirit that allows them to persevere and accomplish their dreams.

"Everyone in this auditorium and in this school has been through a lot. The fact that they recognize that and even to do the smallest things - it's a great honor to all of us," said White.

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