A day in the life of the blind for local councillors

Blind Society experiment SUS-140718-115915001
Blind Society experiment SUS-140718-115915001

Eastbourne councillors and officers were put through their paces as they underwent a Vision Awareness training session, organised by the Eastbourne Blind Society.

The training was given to help them understand the challenges that face blind and visually impaired people on a daily basis.

After a meeting in Lewes between the society and councillors, where concerns about proposed changes to infrastructure were voiced, the society challenged councillors and they duly accepted.

On 24 June they met staff and trustees from Eastbourne Blind Society along with colleagues from Guide Dogs and ESAB to give full Vision Awareness training on the roads around the railway station.

Cllrs David Tutt and David Elkin, Geoff Mee, Matthew Reid, Mark Weston and Leah Stonell all took part and found the experience both informative and illuminating.

Deirdre Dean from the society was impressed with how they handled the training.

“I was impressed by their willingness to undertake the training, by the seriousness with which they viewed it and by their understanding afterwards of the message we wanted to get through to them regarding the difficulties faced by visually impaired people,” she said.