(WHAS11)- Parents will do whatever it takes to help their children. As WHAS11’s Melissa Swan discovered, Braeden Robinson’s family moved to Louisville to give Braeden the opportunity to start his education at an agency supported by the WHAS Crusade for Children.
School mornings may start with a playful exchange, but for three-year-old Braeden Robinson there is a serious side for attending Visually Impaired Preschool (VIPS). Braeden has been diagnosed with a genetic abnormality that has profoundly affected his vision.
“It’s Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, but at the time of his diagnosis they really didn’t know how much he could see,” said Amanda Robinson, Braeden’s mom.
Further testing proved that Braeden has no light perception at all. With the help of the staff at VIPs Braeden is developing the skills he needs to excel.
“He has been introduced to Braille, beyond introduced. He knows lots of words of Braille’s. If I ask him what a letter is he’ll say ‘what’s the Braille dots?,” said Melissa Evers, Braeden’s teacher.
Braeden and all the students at VIPS are getting help thanks in part to the Crusade for Children.
That specialized training is making all the difference for Braeden.
“Here everything around him is gear so that he can succeed at whatever he tries,” said Amanda.
What Braeden has lost in sight he may have gained in hearing. Amanda says once she discovered that Braeden has perfect pitch, she went about finding a piano teacher for Braeden. His teacher said she did not take children under six, but once she saw Braeden’s talent she changed her mind.
The 59th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children is Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.