SHILLONG, Feb 07: We often take the world around us as we see it for granted. But how is it for one who has never had the ability of sight? We may close our eyes for a few seconds but we still remember the location of objects around us and we can recall images of colours and of familiar faces. For an average sighted person blindness is a terrible misfortune and a disability and not many people know that a child born blind can learn to read, write, draw and even paint. That computers and the Internet can easily be made accessible to a totally blind student and that given the opportunity the visually impaired can work as translators, lawyers, psychologist, language teachers and computer software programmers.
Prof Boguslaw ‘Bob’ Marek, OBE, Department of ELT Typhlomethodology, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lubin, Poland gave an insight into the world of the blind children in his presentation at the Asian Confluence Conference Centre on Thursday evening. Bob is the founder of “Hungry Fingers” – a small organization specializing in designing educational tools which help visually impaired learners understand difficult concepts based on visual experience and spatial relations. He is honoured with the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his English for the visually impaired children. In his talk titled “What colour is the wind?” he spoke about the many challenges and solutions around that is associated with the world of a visually impaired person.