TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - A 10-year-old leads a march through the Capital City Tuesday, hoping to raise awareness about the need for money for the state's blind and visually impaired children.
Paloma Rambana, a Tallahassee native, was born with a very rare birth defect called "Peter's Anomaly", that left her visually impaired. Tuesday, she led a march from the Department of Education to the steps of the Capitol, asking for lawmakers to fully fund a newly established children's program that provides services for kids ages 5 to 13 years old.
The Florida Association of Agencies serving the blind, supporters and the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, joined Rambana in the march.
Kim Galban-Countryman says, "There's the core curriculum academically, but they're not getting additional services, what this funding will do will help provide these services after school and throughout the summer. Things such as Braille assistive technology, study skills, social skills, the kind of stuff they might not get in the classroom."
Back in June, Governor Rick Scott signed off on $1-million of funding, but Rambana says, that does not cover all 921 kids who need help in the state.