Tour lights way for the blind

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What do blind peo­ple get out of go­ing to Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val? A sense of com­mu­nity, Carolyn Peat says.

The One­hunga res­i­dent went on an au­dio-de­scribed tour last year and is look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing again.

The Blind Foun­da­tion gov­er­nance re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer was born par­tially blind but her sight has de­te­ri­o­rated over the years.

‘‘The guide gave us the de­tails of what the dis­play was, the colour­ings and their im­pres­sions of it.

‘‘It was great to be able to share it with a whole group of peo­ple and know what the fes­ti­val is all about.’’

Go­ing to public fes­ti­vals makes you feel more a part of the com­mu­nity, she says.

‘‘Th­ese tours mean you can say ‘oh I went to that’ and par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions about it with your sighted friends.’’

The free au­dio-de­scribed tour takes place on Fe­bru­ary 26 from 7pm to 8pm.

Get­ting in­volved: One­hunga res­i­dent Carolyn Peat.

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