Deafblind Scotland work with dual sensory impaired individuals and have been given some funding by the Big Lottery in order to support Deafblind people to make awareness raising presentations to schools and other organisations.
The presentations involve a 50-60 minute talk during which time the Deafblind person will not only help to dispel stereotypes by explaining what are Deafness, Blindness and Deafblindness but will also include a practical element in which the audience are taught how to recognise and communicate with someone who is Deafblind. During this part of the session the participants will learn Deafblind manual signing.
Below are some quotes from teachers and students who have participated in previous sessions:
Miss Sturroch, Teacher, 'The sessions were, yet again, fantastic! They give our pupils a great insight to deafblindness and other disabilities. Invaluable experience for them!'
Agnes Johnston, Teacher, 'The children were very attentive and particularly benefited from the 'Hands on', use of the spectacles and from being spoken to by real people rather than watching DVD or Video presentation.'
A pupil's comment, 'Being deafblind doesn't mean that your life is over.'
A pupil's comment, 'I didn't even know there were people who were deaf and blind, I was very intrigued!'
We would love to visit your troop and allow them to better understand the world of Deafblindness and can send someone along to present whenever is convenient for the group.
For more information or to book a visit please contact the Touching Lives team at Deafblind Scotland on 0141 777 6111 or email email@example.com - they hope to hear from you soon!Author: Gary Bainbridge