For those who are not familiar with special needs children or adults, it is often difficult to truly understand the road they travel. Disability simulation activities give the participant a chance to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” However, please note that these exercises will only give the participant a brief glimpse at one generalized aspect of any given struggle.
The following is an activity to glimpse the world of Visual Impairment.
Put on a pair of glasses or sunglasses wrapped in crinkled plastic wrap. Try reading the paragraphs below. Then try reading without the glasses.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect vision, how hard is it to read the paragraphs?
- How frustrating is it to glean information from reading when the print isn’t perfectly clear?
- How much reading is required in school, and how would a vision impairment impact a student’s day?