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Making Music a Multisensory Experience
Aug 7, 2018

Watch BB&T associates in Gaston County, North Carolina, bring the magic of music to an outdoor classroom for special-needs residents.

Having a daughter with special needs, BB&T associate Ismenia Azcanio knows better than most the importance of specialized care from organizations like Holy Angels. That’s why Azcanio led a BB&T Lighthouse Project in Gaston County, North Carolina, to benefit Holy Angels.

For more than six decades, this organization has provided care, learning and love to disabled individuals. Many of them are nonverbal and unable to walk, making opportunities for sensory interaction even more important.

“Many of our children cannot go all the places other children can,” Holy Angels CEO Regina Moody said. “So we bring the environment to them. We create a sensory environment because we are teaching through their senses. They’re seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching. We use the senses to bring the environment to our kids for them to enjoy life as you or I would.”

With more than a dozen of her fellow BB&T associates, Azcanio worked with Holy Angels in Belmont, North Carolina, to build a music wall in an outdoor classroom, allowing the residents of Holy Angels to make their own music in a multisensory, easily accessible outdoor environment.

The team also installed instruments and beautified the landscape – in a service project with big impact on all sides of this partnership.

“The BB&T associates with me today were either somehow related to someone who has a special need or they wanted to learn more about special needs and what the music wall will do for the Holy Angels residents,” Azcanio said.

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