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HAVE you ever wondered what it’s like to go out for a meal when you can’t see or hear?
Today’s ‘Learn & Lunch’ training event by North East Sensory Services (NESS) had people blindfolded or wearing ear defenders, or both, while eating a lunch of soup and salad, to experience the disorientating effects loss of senses can have.
Pouring a glass of water or eating salad became real challenges. Some resorted to eating with fingers while others found it nearly impossible to communicate as they came to terms with the almost suffocating loss of senses.
A very sobering but enlightening experience for anyone living with, employing, or considering employing, someone with impaired sight or hearing.
While technology exists to enable people to cope with computers and texting, some software is hugely expensive. The question was posed: ‘If we can have talking dolls and microwaves, why not talking washing machines?’
All credit and thanks to Facilitators Libby and Neil and Neil’s faithful guide dog, Rumba!
http://www.nesensoryservices.org/

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