People do not realize that others may be visually impaired  as they look like they can do anything. They only realize it if the person has a white cane. The program that was just recently put on to bring “Public insight into visual impairment” was wonderful. Normal sighted people were able to put on special glasses which then simulated visual impairments and they were asked to do simple activities. With the aid of the glasses they were able to experience the difficulties that the visually impaired had with daily activities.-MDA
By Rebecca Fox on Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Putting on glasses which simulate visual impairments has opened many people’s eyes to how difficult everyday activities can be for those with vision problems.
Cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma are just some conditions which impair people’s vision.
Recently, a group of Otago Polytechnic occupation health students and the Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa (Victa) helped raise awareness of this with an interactive event at Wall St Mall.
Student Georgia Coughlan (22) said the event was part of a community paper the third-year students were doing and aimed to raise awareness for Victa and people with sight impairment.
”The general public can understand how it feels to have low vision.”
Glasses simulating different low-vision conditions were given to the public and then they were asked to do everyday activities, such as writing out a bank deposit slip…read more: http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/315276/public-insight-visual-impairment
 
source: Otago Daily Times

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