Visually impaired Americans enjoy fireworks in their own way

Dan Weinbaum
July 03, 2019 - 6:49 am

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Not everyone experiences Fourth of July fireworks displays through bright flashes and colors.

The sights and sounds are only sounds for Kansas City-area resident Kimberly Morrow, who has been blind from birth. 

"I just had to learn to do things in a different way," Morrow said. "I learned braille instead of print. I think there's always that longing to see things. There are a lot of things that are a mystery to me."

Morrow is now a braille proof-reader for the Library of Congress. While she said she would love to see, she still enjoys Independence Day, and she "oohs and aahs" at the fireworks in her own way. 

"My greatest moment is hearing the fireworks," Morrow laughed. "Every group of fireworks makes different sounds and I love to listen to the fireworks in Corporate Woods on the Fourth of July."

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