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.