There are nearly 500 visually impaired children across the Gem State, according to the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind. Their parents, caregivers and teachers often relish any opportunity to participate in recreation or arts activities outside of a classroom setting.
“We’re thrilled with what we’re going to be able to accomplish through Three Bands for Blind Kids,” said Dana Ard, president of the Idaho Federation of the Blind of Idaho. “We’ve never done something like this before, but when we got the bands to perform, it all came together.”
On Sunday, Oct. 15, Boise-based bands Gerry & the Dreambenders, the Hoochie Coochie Men and The Mystics, will perform at the Mardi Gras Event Center, with proceeds going to sports, recreation and arts programs for visually impaired children.
“For one reason or another, blind kids may be pulled from sports, but here are so many things to do. Do you know about beep ball?” asked Ard, referring to a variation of baseball played by those with visually impairment, using a beeping ball. “And tandem bicycling and just about any form of recreation you can think of. And art? There’s plenty of research that tells us kids get a good sense of spatial orientation through drawing. It really helps them get around. There are so many ways to raise these kids up.”
Advance tickets for Three Bands for Blind Kids are $20 a 3bands.brownpapertickets.com. Otherwise, admission is $25 at the door. The music starts at 2:30 p.m., and attendees can pop in anytime until 8 p.m.