Oct. 18, 2021, 11:16 a.m. | Novosti
According to the World Health Organization, there are 39 million blind people in the world, and the prevalence of blindness is about 5 per 1,000 inhabitants. There are 45,478 registered persons in Croatia in whom blindness and significant low vision are the cause of disability, of which 4,217 are blind.
The everyday problems of the blind are almost inconceivable to those who see. Due to potholes, various obstacles, crowded markets, unadapted approaches to state institutions and other obstacles to movement and coping, blind people need constant accompaniment from the people they see. A white stick is an extended arm of a blind person, and everything else that is beyond the reach of that stick is a great unknown and danger to a person who cannot see. Blindness has always been and will be a severe disability, so it is necessary to constantly monitor the specific needs and problems of blind people. 5 b grade students marked the White Cane Day by hanging out with the users of the Home for the Elderly and the Infirm in Zadar who have visual impairments and handed them fragrant roses. Moreover, the user of the Home, Mr. Zlatan, introduced the students to the types of typhlotechnical aids and demonstrated guiding a person with blindness. Students thus had the opportunity to learn about the needs of visually impaired people in the original reality.
Teacher Sonja Šare