Visually Impaired Tri-Staters 'Get A Feel' For the Great Eclipse

The Great Eclipse is something many people are excited to see, but what about those who are visually impaired?

Many are looking forward to seeing a day of darkness, but for Hailie Fisher, every day is dark. 

"Total blindness like nothing, I've never been able to see anything," Hailie says. 

Hailie, and other visually impaired people get a different perspective on the eclipse thanks to a local donation. 

"This is a great celestial event," University of Southern Indiana professor Glen Kissel says. "Day will be turned into night and interestingly we'll be able to share this in some special way with the visually impaired and the blind."

Kissel donated NASA's "Getting A Feel For Eclipses" braille book to the Evansville Association for the Blind. 

Krysti Hughes, an Orientation and Mobility Specialist says, "It means a lot because while these guys can hear about it maybe they don't understand it."

It's a way to include everyone, as people like Hailie get a feel of what will happen geographically. 

"It gives me a better perspective of when it's going to hit and it kind of settles me a little bit so when it does hit I won't be so stunned," Hailie says.

Kissel says he is donating a second braille book to the Evansville Association for the Blind on Friday.

(This story was originally published August 17, 2017)


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