Portsmouth project reveals what life is like for blind people

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STUDENTS were given an insight into what life is like for blind people.

The University of Portsmouth business students ran an event raising cash for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

University of Portsmouth students Yiannis Tsoutsoukis, Dina Anzee, Magda Junqueira and Milo Parsons wear glasses at the fundraising event. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143239)

University of Portsmouth students Yiannis Tsoutsoukis, Dina Anzee, Magda Junqueira and Milo Parsons wear glasses at the fundraising event. Picture: Malcolm Wells (143239)

It saw people put on vision-distorting glasses and try out accessibility aids to capture the difficulties visually-impaired people suffer.

Milo Parsons, 21, of Albert Road, Southsea, said: ‘We wanted to do a charity project but we didn’t want to do the same old thing.

‘It’s impossible to replicate what it’s like for blind people but it gives some idea.

‘We’re putting people in their shoes rather than explaining it to them.

‘You always hear about it but you don’t have the realisation.’

The event was organised by four students as part of their undergraduate degree courses in business.

Magda Junquiera, 23, of Fratton, helped organise the evening.

She put on a pair of specs that mimicked tunnel vision.

Magda said: ‘It’s daunting. It’s scary, actually.

‘The bits where I can see out of they are very blurry and I’ve completely lost my peripheral vision.’

Around a dozen students took part in the event, which included a talk.

RNIB fundraising manager Natalie Hargreaves attended.

She said: ‘It’s always great to raise awareness of sight loss.

‘These different activities give people a really good idea of what it’s like losing your sight.

‘Sight loss is life-changing, it can change everything from socialising, people becoming very isolated not wanting to go out and meet friends – you can lose your independence.’

Other accessibility aids on show included coloured pens that smelled like things associated with them – with a red pen smelling like strawberries.