Third grader doesn't let blindness stop passion for art

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Ava Tabbert is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped her passion for art. (Photo: WEAU) Ava Tabbert is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped her passion for art. (Photo: WEAU)

(Meredith) – Ava Tabbert is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped her passion for art.

“I started doing it when I was three,” Ava told WEAU.

Her family recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to participate in the American Printing House for the Blind’s InSights Art Contest, where Ava placed second. It was that moment that brought national recognition to the third-grader from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Ava was diagnosed with Leber's congenital amaurosis when she was three-months-old. Leber's congenital amaurosis is a rare, inherited eye disease that appears at birth or in the first few months of life.

Jennae Werner, Ava’s art teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, helps Ava with her art projects.

“I use the hot glue gun a lot when she makes a picture,” Werner said to WEAU. “I go over the line so she can feel the textile of her lines that are in the picture.”

Debbie Whitney, the school's special education teacher, said just how proud everyone is of Ava.

"That’s really huge to have her rewarded for something she loves so much,” Whitney told WEAU.