Helen Keller

At summer camp for the blind: Reading, science, swimming and more

Nine-year-old Mark Lopez's fingers flit across the pages of Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat." This version is pure white — no pictures — but Mark sees everything vividly. He says his favorite letter in the alphabet is T because the raised dots of Braille make it look "just like a bird."

It's Mark's first year attending the Junior Blind of America Summer Enrichment Program of Los Angeles, which is supported partly by the Los Angeles Times Family Fund. On Junior Blind's campus in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of L.A., Mark looks forward to hanging out with 45 other 8- to 13-year-old children, half of whom are sighted and half of whom are visually impaired...