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Blind Community Raises Awareness with 'Flash Mob' Dance (VIDEO)

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 15, 2012

Ramona Herriford leads a coordinated group of more than a dozen blind and visually-impaired people as they step, turn, and slide, clicking and dragging their white canes to the music.

Herriford has impaired vision and takes classes at the Society for the Blind. She says she heard about this flash mob idea, and wanted to try it in Sacramento to raise awareness that the blind community is capable and active.

HERRIFORD: "You know let's have some fun with it. Bring awareness with fun also. And step out of the box and do things that you normally would not do."

Herriford loves to dance and choreographed the steps.  Over several months of practice, she helped people learn to dance in synch by using voice cues and sometimes guiding them physically through the steps.  

Liz Campos also danced in the flash mob event.  She works for the Society for the Blind, and says it's important not only for blind people to be comfortable getting out and participating in the community,

CAMPOS: "But so that the community can also start to get a different perception of what blindness is. We want people to think of blind individuals as active and just totally functioning people, not just what our past misconceptions have been.

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