Allesandra Elliott was born blind with Leber congenital amaurosis, a genetic disease.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Allesandra Elliot loves the songs, the games and the activities that any 5-year-old would embrace. She takes full advantage of the world around her.
"I like to go somewhere and meet new kids and that's all I like to do," Elliot said.
And every day she lives life without being able to see it.
"I use my feet and stuff to walk around there," she said.
She relies on four senses to form a mental picture of what she believes our world looks like.
Each day is a learning experience. As for her great aunt Mary Tomashek, this past week has also been full of teaching moments.
"We have to be with her every minute," Tomashek said.
Allesandra has been spending the last couple weeks with her aunt Mary in Eau Claire. She is getting a first-hand lesson on what life is like when you are kid and cannot see.
"I have steps in my house going down to the basement, so she counts them, she knows how many there are there," Tomashek said.
She says Allesandra's genetic condition, called Leber congenital amaurosis, makes her completely blind.
The National Institute of Health says her condition is very rare, just 3 in 100,000 newborns get it but it is one of the most common causes of blindness in kids.
But she has been learning life skills alongside other kids at an academy who are also blind. A place where no one judges.
"They don't know, they are all the same to them," Tomashek said.
And while you may think of her disease as a handicap, she is choosing to embrace life. Because in her world all is peaceful and everything is right.