Visit of the Guide Dog Association
On Thursday 3rd March, the guide dog association visited the class of 8C and gave us an insight to the difficult life of someone who is visually impaired. When suddenly becoming blind when she was 21, she had to adapt her life to the changes.
Accompanied by two dogs (Matty and Jangle) and Mrs. Harris, Heather showed us the major difficulties of the simple things in life i.e. pouring a glass of water. They also told us about how the dogs had been trained to become guide dogs, and how each dog had to be selected for their owner’s lifestyle; it was fascinating how such a simple thing that we take for granted can be so challenging.
We then did some activities whilst wearing glasses which limited our sight in different ways in order to compensate to their different levels of sight loss. We had things from pouring water into a cup to writing on a sheet of paper; I enjoyed the visit and found it very interesting and enjoyable.
“I enjoyed the Braille reading, and found it challenging to tell the difference between the letter”, Megan Foreman of 8C.
“The visit was enjoyable, but in some ways shocking”, Joe Newton of 8C.
By Ben Makepeace and Joseph Simpson