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Samantha Ambrico studies and teaches dance, works as a camp counselor and holds down a part-time job — all while living without the benefit of sight. She is legally blind as a result of Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. In the 9th grade she had an aide who helped her with schoolwork and getting from class to class at Islip High School. She now has a guide dog, who will accompany her to college, where she plans to earn a graduate degree in dance therapy and open her own dance studio for children with special needs. (June 3, 2013)
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(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)