Discover Life With a Vision Impairment

Children on excursion at the Discovery Centre

The Adelaide based Discovery Centre offers an interactive educational program for Primary school aged children.

The focus of the centre is to increase awareness in the community on what it is like to live with a vision or hearing impairment.

The centre is very hands-on, allowing children to use their individual senses to learn in a fun environment.

Ms Megan Hammond, the event coordinator at the Discovery Centre has seen a real growth in the number of schools participating at the centre.

“We have a steady stream of school children coming in over the year, with some schools coming back year after year,” Ms Hammond said.

“I feel very proud to be able to run this program. The positive feedback we get from the kids and teachers, allows me to know we are on the right track”, she said.

Tahlia Clark and her classmates from Marryatville Primary School visited the centre during the school holidays.

“It was fun putting on the blurry glasses and trying to move around without banging into things”, said Miss Clark.

“I feel so lucky that I can see”, she said.

This is the exact learning Tahlia’s teacher Ms Mattinson was hoping for.

“It was such a fantastic excursion, the kids had a ball and learnt too that having a vision or hearing loss doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines”, Ms Mattinson said.

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The Dance Pad Mentorship program

Dance Pad students after working up a sweat

Dance Pad students after working up a sweat

The Dance Pad is offering one lucky dancer the chance to be mentored for a whole year. Learning Latin dance styles including Salsa, Reggaton and Rueda to name a few, can help you develop into an all-round dance star. It is the first mentorship program coming out of The Dance Pad, with auditions being held in December 2014. The Program is under the direction of two of the most experienced Latin dancers in Adelaide. Piter Pantoja Lopez, a professional dancer Born and raised in Havana has abundant energy and charisma that is infectious. “I just love to dance and love to see the joy in peoples’ faces when they are dancing”, Mr Lopez said. Emma Dawson, Director of the St Peters based dance school and professional dancer who has trained and worked with diverse dance styles in many companies has a wealth of performance experience to offer. “This is an awesome opportunity to be able to give back to the dance community”, said Ms Dawson. “We are offering one dance student, a year of classes and intense training in all our styles, performance and choreography”, she said. Past dance student, Ms Stephanie Simeone trained with Emma and Piter casually for two years before successfully earning a spot in a full time dance position at a Melbourne University. “Emma and Piter have basically taught me everything I know”, said Ms Simeone. “They are passionate about dance and have so much knowledge and love to give”, she said. For any aspiring dancers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.