Visually impaired children hunt for beeping Easter eggs
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The thrill of the hunt made all the difference for a group of special needs children on Tuesday. Their prize: a large Easter egg that beeps.
Tuesday marked the ninth year for the Beeping Easter Egg hunt. It was sponsored by the Birmingham Regional Center of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
"We love to give the opportunity for our children with disabilities and their families to come out and have the same opportunity as everybody else does," said Tamara Harrison with the Alabama Institute.
David Hyche, who is a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), started the hunt nine years ago after learning his then 4-month-old daughter was blind.
Since then, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators provide the funds needed to make the eggs. They cost $14 a piece, but they are priceless in the excitement they bring.
"It's logical for people who are explosives investigators," Hyche explains as to why bomb techs would champion this effort.
He showed us a bright green egg to describe how they are built.
"It's just a battery, beeper and a switch...pretty simple," he said.
But these simple eggs give the children something beyond an afternoon of fun.
"With my daughter, one of her first phrases was, 'I do it myself.' She wants to do it by herself and most of these kids want to do that too," Hyche said.
The day was not just fun, but also educational. Participants had a chance to check out bikes ridden by Birmingham Police Department Motor Scouts. Parents also got a chance to network and connect with each other.
For those who found the beeping eggs, they could trade them in for candy.
There was also a separate egg hunt for students who are hearing impaired.