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December 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Legally blind Snohomish teen gets chance to drive

The Associated Press

EVERETT — Her eyesight has been fading since she was a baby because of a genetic disorder and now Ali Steenis is legally blind, although she still has very limited vision and is a mainstream student at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.

Her dream of driving a car was never going to come true until her classmates came up with a plan.

They used strings of Christmas lights and reflectors to build a lighted course in the high school parking lot.

On Saturday, her 18th birthday, Ali got behind the wheel of a driver’s education car with an instructor and drove three laps, as about 100 classmates and volunteers from Home Depot cheered.

She told The Daily Herald her favorite part was hitting the gas.

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