So that non-persons with disabilities (non-PWDs) will know what it’s like to live without being able to see or hear, the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Inc. together with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. hosted the event “Without Sight or Sound.”
It is held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the birthday of Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. But apart from that, the organizations also highlighted the services available in the communities. They held a mini “Dining in the Dark,” free hearing screenings, technology demonstrations, and a chance to experience vision impairment and hearing loss through simulation.
There had also been a summer camp that the persons with disabilities (PWDs) ages 5-13, living in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties participated in. The two organizations really designed the social and recreational programs to increase the confidence, social skills development, and safe movement skills and techniques of those involved.
“Only when everyone realizes disability does not mean in-ability will we all be able to achieve true equality.” ~Sylvia Stinson-Perez
Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the Lighthouse Guild