Tour lights way for the blind
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.