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Including Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired in Passover Traditions

In getting ready for the Passover holiday, families can include children with vision loss in many of the preparations and rituals. For example, prior to the holiday, when families rid their homes of bread and other “leavening agents,” tactile markings can be placed on leavened foods so that they can be identified easily for disposal. In preparing for the Seder, the ritual holiday meal, “invite your child to meal plan with you, shop…and cook together.” Check out safe cooking techniques from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). At the Seder, older children can use a braille or large-print Haggadah, the booklet that tells the story of Passover. Younger children can be given a story bag or box (link). For more details and tips, read Shannon Carollo’s Family Connect piece: Including Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired in Passover Traditions. These suggestions can make the holiday a richer and more inclusive celebration.