On Tuesday 13 June, Year 5 were visited by a visually impaired lady named Pat. The girls found out a great deal about Pat’s daily life and the challenges she faces, as well as the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind. Pearl, Pat’s guide dog, came into the Year 5 classes, much to the delight of the girls. Year 5 were then asked to write a report outlining what they had learnt. Below are some excerpts from Rebecca Emptage’s and Eva Thomas’ reports.
“What is difficult for Pat being blind? People with complete blindness or low vision often have a difficult time navigating outside unknown environments. In fact, physical movement is one of the biggest challenges for blind people. Because of this, many people with low vision will bring a sighted friend or family member to help navigate unknown environments.
As well, blind people must learn every detail about the home environment. Large obstacles such as tables and chairs must remain in one position to prevent injury.” — Rebecca
“The Guide Dogs Charity. In 1930, two British women, Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond, heard about The Seeing Eye and contacted Dorothy Eustis, who sent over one of her trainers. In 1931, the first four British guide dogs completed their training and three years later The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association was founded in the UK.” — Eva