17.01.2011

Visually impaired people compete in car rally

Visually impaired people compete in car rally

By Alexa Kaczka

A car rally in India has seen visually impaired people help the drivers to complete the course.

The 70km rally in Jaipur saw professional drivers get behind the wheel but rely on input from their blind or visually impaired passengers, who were responsible for reading a map in Braille and instructing them what to do.

It took place as part of the Jaipur Heritage Festival, and ML Mehta, president of the Eye Bank society, said it highlights how vision problems do not have to prevent people from taking part in even the most daring events.

"Sighted people can drive but they do not know where to go as the route chart is in Braille, but this can be deciphered by the blind navigator and every moment the sighted driver will have to depend on their sightless counterpart," he said.

It comes after Dr Stuart Richer, director of ocular preventive medicine and associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the James A Lovell Federal Health Facility in north Chicago, Illinois, recently said that age-related visual decline is a growing road hazard.

by Alexa Kaczka


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