Friday, June 17, 2011

Operation Toothbrush

A troop of Girl Scouts who are deafblind recently delivered hundreds of toothbrushes for the gorillas at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, MA. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts reports that Troop 71984 from Perkins School for the Blind’s Deafblind Program gave the toothbrushes to Zoo New England President and CEO John Linehan at the indoor gorilla exhibit inside the Tropical Forest. “Operation Toothbrush” served as a chance for the girls to show that physical challenges won’t stop them from helping their community and learning about their world.

Deafblindness is the condition of little or no useful sight and little or no useful hearing. Educationally, individuals are considered to be deafblind when the combination of their hearing and vision loss causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they require significant and unique adaptations in their educational programs. Deafblind people have an experience quite distinct from people who are only deaf or only blind.