Terri, who is completely blind, has moulded her experiences and turned them into a light-hearted insight into how to cope with a sensory impairment.
Here she talks us through being a Sensory Training Facilitator at Essex Cares.
“Amazing! I can’t believe I have been here for almost a year. Let me enlighten you...
I am Terri, a totally blind Sensory training facilitator and training presenter extraordinaire! This year has been a funny one, which on some levels will not make me sad to see in 2015, however I have achieved so much and not only attended but completed my Preparing To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector training.
It’s brought many successes including the Sensory Awareness Training I deliver with Annette MBE, Anita and Jill. This has become extremely popular and the feedback is always glowing which really makes me smile (and on occasions even blush!)
Those of you who have met me will know that I am always happy to talk about myself and give an insight into my own experience. I am always willing to give others information on sensory issues as well as imparting a wealth of anecdotal and amusing situations which I have found myself in, which hopefully also adds to the a way of ‘bringing you into my world.’
I make a point during the training of highlighting the idioms ‘seeing is believing’ and ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ These two areas are just a couple of ways in which I play with the concept and describe the ways I interact and maybe even control my surroundings.
There will always be an element of being complacent and at ‘the mercy’ of a situation; another frequent anecdote is that ‘blind people can starve in a buffet situation!’
I hope that the light hearted and uplifting manner of my presentations only makes it easier to digest the information, rather than dilute the difficulties and emotional stresses that many with visual and hearing impairments go through. I really believe that if we are all treated as individuals with our own histories, values and stories to tell we can help others through our own situations and give back to our communities.
I know it is early but let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to meeting many of you in our training in the New Year.”
Terri and the ever faithful Hufflepuff.