Juan Vázquez Menlle, Presidente de la Federación Madrileña de Deportes para Discapacitados Intelectuales y Profesor de Actividad Física Adaptada de UEM was here to show us what it is like to be blind and how to be a guide for a blind person. He's collaborated with me in this activity at the LANGUAGE CENTER for 4 years now, and passers-by always stop to see what's going on.
. .Being blind! What a challenge! All we really had to do was walk around the basement
hall of Building A, first defining the perimeter with our canes and then ....moving the cane back and forth as we walked about. We found that just moving around with our goggles on and a cane in hand to be exhausting. It wasn't too bad when we were holding onto a partner we could trust. It became harder when we were on your own, with just a white cane and just a nearby voice
speaking in a foreign language. We learned some techniques and then...
Then came sports: circle games and goalball. . Could you play a ball game when you can't see the ball? These people could. If you look up "goalball" you'll find out how.
Recommendation for the adventurous:
When you get to New York City, which you will of course some day, and you have a few couple of hours, go to "Dialog in the Dark". You walk around in rooms that are pitch black, following the voice and instructions of a blind person, your guide. What an incredible experience. Ask for Frank Senior. He's a guide but he's also a jazz musician! Tell him Wendy sent you.
P.S. The day after posting this. Frank Senior wrote back, twice. "Dialog in the Dark" is closed because of damage from the storm "Sandy." Hopefully it will reopen before you get to New York.
He also said "Nice!!!!!!!!! just read your thing. thank you!! I play goalball, it's a fantastic game.
Music is my life, singing is my love!! please, Check out my music, videos and calendar for exciting up coming events at www.franksenior.com
Listen to Frank Senior talk to you about what it's like to be blind in New York City. http://www.franksenior.com/media/
basement: planta sótano
back and forth: de un lado al otro
goggles: gafas protectoras
holding onto: sujetándose a
trust: confiar, fiar
foreign language: idioma extranjero
look up: buscar online o en un libro de referencia
find out: enterarse
pitch black: completamente oscuro, como el alquitrán
twice: dos veces