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Visual Impairment Tasks Demonstrate Real Challenges

Monday, 18 January 2016

The girls in Year 8 completed a number of activities on Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in their form groups as part of their PSHEE session this week.

Pupils took part in a carousel of activities to get an idea of what it is like to be visually impaired or blind. They did this by completing everyday tasks while wearing blindfolds or glasses which simulate a type of visual impairment, some of which were more severe than others. Some of the tasks included reading and typing up text using their iPads, pouring drinks and cutting up food, and fun activities like colouring in and painting each other’s nails.

Although the girls found it quite amusing whenever they spilled water while pouring a drink, or painted a friend’s fingers instead of their nails, these activities also showed them the reality of life for those with a visual impairment. Throughout the session, they were encouraged to note down the aspects of the activities that they found most challenging and think about other parts of daily life that might be difficult. This helped to raise the girls’ awareness of what living with a visual impairment or without sight would be like and the support that they might need.

In the nest PSHEE session, the girls will hear from a representative from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association so that they can learn more about this charity’s important work with people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Pouring a glass a water suddenly becomes a challenge

Pouring a glass a water suddenly becomes a challenge

One of the girls tries to cut a Mars Bar into equal pieces

One of the girls tries to cut a Mars Bar into equal pieces

Wearing the glasses to simulate visual impairments while trying to type up work

Wearing the glasses to simulate visual impairments while trying to type up work