Legally blind WA teen gets chance to drive

Legally blind WA teen gets chance to drive

Legally blind WA teen gets chance to drive

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

EVERETT, Wash.  -- Her eyesight has been fading since she was a baby because of a genetic disorder and now Ali Steenis is legally blind, although she still has very limited vision and is a mainstream student at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.

Her dream of driving a car was never going to come true until her classmates came up with a plan. They used strings of Christmas lights and reflectors to build a lighted course in the high school parking lot.

On Saturday, her 18th birthday, Ali got behind the wheel of a driver's education car with an instructor and drove three laps, as about 100 classmates and volunteers from Home Depot cheered.

She said her favorite part was hitting the gas.

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