The 3rd floor of Lighthouse International's 15-story Manhattan headquarters has long been regarded as one of the more inspirational parts of the building. It is on that floor that Lighthouse International's Child Development Center(CDC) resides, and every morning approximately 100 pre-school aged children, both sighted and visually impaired, stream into and out of the building, charming everyone from the staff to the lobby security guards.
The joy that the children of the CDC bring to the lives of all who work at the Lighthouse was shared recently, by a national story in People Magazine. The three-page feature story, "Shared Vision", was included in the June 15th issue of magazine. Below, is a brief excerpt from the piece.
"At the Lighthouse Child Development Center, a preschool set among midtown Manhattan's skyscrapers, it is recess. In the gym, 11 eager 4- and 5-year-olds line up for tricycle races ... Their teacher Regina D'Ambrosio smiles broadly and observes, "To them this is like any other school."
Except for one significant difference. Here cheering is more than encouragement. Iliana needs the sound of the other kids' voices to help her estimate the distance to the finish line. ..."
Please note: You can download a high resolution version of any of the images below by clicking on them. Due to copyright issues we are unable to provide a text version of the article. Below are scans of the article which contain many vibrant photographs of the children of the CDC.