NEWPORT BEACH — With a 6-foot-tall white rabbit in front of her, 5-year-old Maya Graves leaned on her new friend for the day as she attempted to touch to his soft fur.
Savannah Rogers, 17, helped the visually impaired Maya connect her hand with the Easter Bunny, but Maya quickly pulled back her hand. Yet the little one quickly wanted to try once more.
"I want to shake his hand again," Maya said.
Maya was one of about 30 students ages 3 to 7 from the Blind Children's Learning Center at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Friday for a special Easter event filled with activities that involve touch.
"It's at events like this, [the community] gets to meet our kids and learn that a disability doesn't really make a difference," said Kimberly Neuhauser, the center's president and executive director.
The Blind Children's Learning Center is a nonprofit school in North Tustin for blind and visually impaired children geared to prepare them to be successful in school and on through life.