Recently, FamilyConnect composed an article entitled "Making Holidays Meaningful for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired," which is a compiled list of holidays organized by season—each holiday links an article sharing specific strategies and inspiration to ensure a child or teen with a visual impairment can fully participate in the elements of the celebration.
One upcoming celebration or commemoration is Passover, which begins Friday, March 30th, and ends on Saturday, April 7th.
What Is Passover?
Passover is a time to remember the liberation of the Israelites from their captivity in Egypt, as narrated in the Hebrew Bible. You see, Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt, had enslaved the Israelites for 400 years, cruelly using them for hard labor.
Moses, God’s prophet and the leader of the Israelites, forewarned Pharaoh of terrible plagues that would strike if he would not permit the Israelites to escape.
Pharaoh would not yield even after nine gruesome plagues or afflictions. Moses warned of the 10th and worst plague—death of firstborn males. However, in God’s mercy, if an Israelite family would spread the blood of a spotless lamb across their doorpost, the devastating plague would Passover, or be spared from, the home.
Pharaoh finally surrendered and released the Israelites who fled in haste, crossing a miraculously-dry Red Sea.
Resource for Involving Your Blind/Visually Impaired Child in the Celebration
Passover celebrations include a time of preparing the home and partaking in Jewish ritual meals. To help you gather ideas for making the traditions meaningful and accessible for children and teens with visual impairments, please utilize the article, "Including Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired in Passover Traditions."
Let us know if you have additional suggestions for making Passover accessible, meaningful, and memorable for a child or teen who is blind or visually impaired!