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Blog: Setting your sights on sensory awareness training

< Return to Blog list | Aug 10, 2016

"I found the course so refreshing and most of all, I learned so much in such a fun and fluid manner, thank you so much. "– ASC Worker, OA Community Team. 

"Excellent day, very stimulating, thought provoking and especially raising awareness."

"Loved it.  Great teaching has opened my eyes.  Thanks to you all."

"This was a fantastic course, having trainers that have sensory impairments actually giving us first-hand insights was invaluable and very humbling.  Informative but also fun and so inspirational."

Well here we are again setting our ‘sights’ on sensory awareness training.  The above testimonials still give me a warm feeling inside, slightly humbling but extremely satisfying knowing that our training will make a difference to sight and hearing impaired people in Essex. There are, as always the amusing anecdotes such as mistakenly frying crumpets which I thought were beef burgers and that old favourite of what do you call ratatouille when you put sprouts in it? . . . You’ve got it ‘ratatatatouille’! However these true stories are amusing because I have been blind for 36 years and am completely comfortable with being totally blind.  There will always be those difficult situations where people do not know whether to help or not or understand the embarrassment I go through when knocking over drinks etc. when going out for meals or just plain forgetting that I have moved something in my own home and walking headlong into it and redecorating my house with that wonderful shade of blue that usually follows such happenings. 

There are also common ‘jokes’ about hearing loss such as that famous one during wartime when the radio operator heard “send three and four pence we’re going to a dance” instead of “send reinforcements we are going to advance” not to mention some of the hilarious results when we do our lip reading exercises during our popular sensory awareness training.  Far from making sensory impaired people something to be made fun of this helps to give participants an insight into the everyday challenges we face enabling them to communicate, assist and understand anyone they may come across with sight loss, hearing loss or deafblindness.

Keep smiling.

Terri Sawkins, Sensory Training Facilitator ECL

So, don’t be shy, if you know anyone who would benefit from the sensory awareness training, please forward them the following details:


Phone: 03330 133 262

Textphone: 01245 261715 

SMS: 07921 397547