Circus Holds Show For Children With Hearing, Vision Impairments

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(Bernice Corpuz/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

SOMERVILLE (WBZ-AM) -- Big Apple Circus is back in town, but in a new location in Assembly Row--and on Wednesday, they welcomed dozens of Boston-area children for a special show.

It was a circus of the senses, a show specifically produced for children with hearing and vision impairments.

Lisa Lewis, Big Apple Circus's Director of Community Programs, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz that no strobe lights are used for this show.

"Those can trigger seizures, and that's the last thing we need," she said. 

Lewis said the program also offers three American Sign Language interpreters.

"We want everybody to feel included and enjoy the show," she said. "It's about complete inclusion. We wanted to be able to reach audiences that don't have the opportunity to come to the circus."

Blind children also hear a play-by-play description of the show through headsets provided by Big Apple.

The speaker volumes have also been lowered, which is good news for 5-year-old Sophia from Medford.

Michael Pollack, her father, said she does not like loud noises.

"To make it accessible and present it in a way that would not scare them, I think that's great," he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz reports

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