“Multimobility” master class for visually impaired children in Orenburg

29 April 2014

On April 25, 2014, a “Multimobility” master-class, aimed at blind and visually impaired children was given at the Orenburg Residential School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children No. 2. The event was sponsored by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The event was held by activists from the White Cane social project, led by Oleg Kolpaschikov, a totally blind man, whose main aim in life is to stay active and mobile.

The master class included a lecture with the title, “Introduction to advanced foreign experience in rehabilitation” and a lesson on working with modern rehabilitation facilities (GPS-navigation and computer software for the blind).

In an informal discussion, children also learned how the body’s compensatory functions work, learned how to turn weakness into strength and how to find unique professions in the most sought after areas of life: agriculture, economy, medicine, science, etc.

After the theoretical lessons, the master class participants were offered a lesson in practical cane-orienteering, aimed at ridding young people of their fear of the outdoors. Children with disabilities mastered various cane techniques to improve their independence and mobility around town: how to take stairs, step over curbs, not step into puddles, etc.

The purpose of the event was to motivate pupils to improve their social and work activities, to inspire visually impaired children towards positive thinking, help them find new ways of coping with difficulties, open up a path to self-realisation, freedom, and a full, rich, interesting life.

Visually impaired children are a subject of particular concern for the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. As a part of the Support Programme for Visually Impaired Children, the Foundation regularly helps social care institutions for blind and visually impaired children in Orenburg, Lipetsk, Voronezh and Moscow Regions, and actively supports activities aimed at training and rehabilitating visually impaired children.

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