Cam Sight’s Glasses Group has been set up to help establish whether people with learning disabilities also have a visual impairment, and then to develop the best way of overcoming or adapting to this.
The Glasses Group is being held every Monday over a six week period at Horizon Day Centre, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge. It is run by Cam Sight’s Rehabilitation workers Paula Bird and Helen Shepherd-Wilson, two Optometry students from Anglia Ruskin University and two support workers.
Each week is a different theme. The group started with an explanation of who everyone was and an introduction of what the group was hoping to achieve. The first game was a bit of an ice-breaker; the memory game. Different articles were placed on a tray with an explanation about each object. The tray was then covered up and the group was asked to recall what was there. This was a great way to start interacting with the group.
The next activity served as an introduction to visual impairment; an array of glasses were passed around the group and tried on. This caused some amusement and led to a discussion on why people wear glasses, sunglasses, safety goggles and onion glasses.
The next game continued the ‘eye’ theme; titled ‘Build an eye’ the participants took turns throwing a specially designed dice which showed a picture of each part of the eye of each side. This way an eye was gradually built up in the centre of the table. The students then explained what each part of the eye was for.
At the beginning of the session the group had informed staff that they loved to colour. When the ipads were introduced, the group was fascinated with different colouring Apps and the participants were truly amazed about how they could colour something without using a crayon. Whilst doing this, the Optometry students and Cam Sight staff were able to work out how well the participants could identify colour and also observe their hand eye dexterity.
The sessions have been a great success and have demonstrated there is a real need for this type of group.