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Experience challenges of disabled people in Boston

Former Standard reporter Laura Hammond tried out a 'simulated blindness' walk last year

Former Standard reporter Laura Hammond tried out a 'simulated blindness' walk last year

People can experience the challenges facing those with disabilities in Boston with a ‘walkabout’ event using blindolds and mobility aids.

As part of Disability Awareness week (July 7-13), Boston Disability Forum is inviting people to join them for a walkabout in the Market Place tomorrow to experience what it is like to be deaf, blind or unable to walk.

The free event will see participants walking with blindfolds and long canes, wearing special glasses, sitting in a wheelchair or visiting a pop-up room which simulates hearing loss and blindness.

Co-organiser Molly Fixter said: “It’s important to raise awareness of the difficulties encountered by people with disabilities just trying to get around town and how we need extra time and space.

“Both my husband and I are totally blind and walk with sticks, some times we bump into people and although we don’t mean to, some people react like we sholdn’t be on the street.”

The walk starts from Age UK in Strait Bargate at 11am.

Today (Wednesday) the forum had a stall in the Market Place, where they and partner organisations gave out advice and information.

 

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