Local teen at School for Blind works toward independent life

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PAOLI — Lia Berastain, 17, organizes stuffed animals in the toy section of Boscov’s, talking and laughing as she moves giraffe stuffed animals and teddy bears into a neat display.

The Royer-Greaves School for Blind junior works at the Exton department store through the Discover Program, an internship-like program Royer-Greaves offers through its partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and local employers. Lia, who has developmental disabilities and is visually impaired, hopes to parlay the skills she acquires into a full-time job.

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