Whitchurch Cubs gain awareness of life without sight
January 24, 2019

Have you ever imagined life without sight? Just closing your eyes for a short while and attempting a task? On Monday evening, thirty young cubs did just this, gaining awareness of how blind and visually impaired people approach different aspects of day to day life.

A group of young children wearing blindfolds feeling tactile images of dinosaurs

Here’s what Jan had to say about the experience:

“Thirty cub scouts, charging around a scout hall in blindfolds, might sound daunting to some… and so it should! There’s a lot of energy in those little bodies. However, sit them down and ask them to imagine how it would be if they couldn’t lift their blindfolds but to live permanently without vision. Gradually their imagination tunes into something quite different.

That’s how it was at Whitchurch Cubs on Monday evening, as the children prepared for taking their Disability Awareness Badge.

I was there to introduce them to the concept of exploring images through the sense of touch. Just as our library members experience the illustrations in Living Paintings’ picture books and discovery packs. With blindfolds in place, the cubs listened to a vivid description of the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. They traced its outline and features over the moulded plastic image.

As I asked questions, it was interesting to hear how they perceived life without vision or how they struggled to understand how a colour could be described if it never had been seen. Definitely food for thought for these youngsters, who I am sure gained a greater awareness of life without sight.”

We’d like to say a big thank you to Jan for representing us at Whitchurch cubs. These young people gained awareness of those who are blind or visually impaired and how they lead life without sight.


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