(KUTV)- A West Jordan Eagle Scout surprised Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind with 25 "little rooms" designed as an interactive play space for visually impaired children.
Zac Neilson first contacted the school with his offer to make the room for an Eagle Scout project and the Parent Infant Program (PIP) was thrilled. These "little rooms" are normally purchased for thousands of dollars, but they can be made at home for about $100/each.
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind’s PIP director Karen Borg said, “We loan these Little Rooms to families across Utah. They are just priceless for families with infants who are blind or visually impaired. The babies and toddlers play with toys in these rooms. It helps the little ones realize they can do things. They can find a toy, play with it, and find it again later.”
The little rooms are an interactive play space based on Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning research. A variety of play objects and lights are put within reach of the child to encourage independent exploration and play with no risk of them being lost due to visual impairment. The child develops patterns and preferences independently based on their interactions with the various items.
Neilson delivered his donation Friday and was able to meet a PIP family in person.
“He made 25 Little Rooms for the children in the Parent Infant Program!! It's astounding really! It should count for MANY Eagle projects. What a lot of work and expense and, most of all, LOVE went into this labor!" Borg said.
Neilson is familiar with the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind because he has a cousin with hearing loss who benefitted from services provided by USDB.
Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) educate students who are Deaf, Blind, or Deaf-Blind so they can achieve their full academic, social, and career potential. USDB leads the way as a national model in providing the most responsive, caring, and innovative approach possible to meet the educational needs of our students.