Many of us live in a visually-driven world. We gain so much information through sight that we take it for granted. We see a document, a television program, a work of art, the sun casting a shadow on the pavement. Have you ever stopped to think what it might be like if you could not see? How would you do everything you do now without sight?
This week we catch up with Dr. Kim Zebehazy, orientation and mobility specialist here at UBC. Kim talks about considerations for visually impaired people both in a classroom and out in the world and how they are able to participate in some of the things we take for granted. She even talks about how visually impaired people enjoy art, proving that there is more to art appreciation than meets the eye!
To experience orientation and mobility issues first hand, your hosts don a blindfold and use a long cane to navigate their way around the Scarfe Building under Kim’s supervision. We have photographic evidence that there were no calamities or broken anything along the way. Not even a bruise! (Thanks to Kim!) We talk about this in the show and reflect on what we learned from the experience.
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Episode 59 (41:19)
00:35 | Introduction
03:42 | Interview – Seeing Things in a Different Light
Interview with Dr. Kim Zebehazy
25:32 | O&M Exercise Discussion
33:23 | UBC Bike Kitchen
39:07 | What’s Happening in PDCE?
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