Ten Blundell’s students recently spent a morning at school exploring the world of visual impairment, meeting and chatting with Jo Shute, Dave Horsman, Jo Fishwick with their guide dogs.
There were exercises aplenty. Aided by Guide Dogs for the Blind, students were blindfolded and led, and also learned to lead.
How do you make a cup of tea when you can’t see clearly? Wearing ‘sim specs’ to simulate the effect of different eye diseases, they practised with liquid level indicators perched on the side of cups. These are provided by Devon in Sight, Devon’s leading sight loss charity.
Jo and Dave demonstrated their use of recent developments in technology – all designed to promote independence and social inclusion.
Alexa, a small, voice-activated cylinder, gives ready access to music, news and information. Seeing AI is a free app, designed by Microsoft for the low vision community, to describe the people, text and objects that surround you.
Orcam – a pair of glasses with a tiny camera on one arm, can read text, recognise faces, identify products, and more!
Students practised selecting, reading and recording the Tiverton and Culm Valley Gazettes for the Mid Devon Messenger, the local talking newspaper for the visually impaired.
It was a fun and interesting day for all!