Image above: Backgammon (board, pawns and dice-made "in relief" to facilitate the navigation and recognition of elements, during the game between players with low or no vision)
A capsular exhibition at the Eugenides Foundation-within the framework of the recent convention "Vision Or See-ing the World" that took place on the 7th of March 2016, under the support of the Hellenic Association of Neurosciences and Dana Alliance for the Brain Int. Organization- exploring a range of objects: toys, books, instruments, daily equipment and manuals that are designed to meet the needs of people with low vision or lack of it.
This condensed, fascinating collection works as an evidence for many aspects-issues evoked during the congress such as: a)The physics of sight , eye physiology, optics and visual impairment: problems and cures
b)The access to education of people with visual impairment through the human rights spectrum, introduced by Pwlina Papanikolaou, Lawyer-Criminologist/Researcher/ Human Rights activist
c)The professional orientation: the transition from school to society, rehabilitation and employment of partially/non-sighted citizens by Panagiota Leotsakou, Social Psychologist- Sociologist, KEAT Greece President-Director (who also contributed to the exhibition with loans of many of the objects presented).
In the photographs bellow you see everything from embossed "in relief" architecture manuals, printed on Braille AND conventional type- pill boxes and cards with enlarged typeface, Braille typewriters for beginners, paper bills Braille markers, colour identification buttons and Braille metro map, a game of chess, white sticks, type alignment grids-between many more!
The exhibition is a revelation and a debut to-one-of-a-kind , related educational activities, that will follow up in the premises of the Eugenides Foundation Library ( ex. the launch of Life-Long Computer Literacy Workshops conceived and designed for Adults with Visual Impairment, about to start soon). It is worth exploring it, as it is on only until the end of March. For more information about the Eugenides Foundation , its library facilities for visually impaired citizens, but also about the professionals and the institutions in Europe , supporting people who live with a disabling visual impairment (blind or WHO: people with low vision)-please check the following links:
http://anthrwpokentrika.wordpress.com (Pwlina’s Papanikolaou Blog)
“….At all stages of life, you are presented with new , everyday things that you want or need to master to actively participate in the world around you. Success is by no means automatic…Everyone with a visual impairment tries in their own way to live , learn and work as independently as possible.” (from the introduction chapter in the ICEVI-Europe publication).