This September 12th through the 18th the Isle of Man is planning an entire week of events dedicated to bringing attention to eye health. This will be the third annual Vision Awareness Week organized by the Manx Blind Welfare Society.
One of the many festivities planned include the immensely popular blindfolded walk down the Douglas promenades, called Walk My Way. Additionally planned events include an open day at Corrin Court, a series of presentations to local schools, fundraising events, and an opportunity to get involved in Bright for Sight day.
The newest addition to Vision Awareness Week is a trip to the island via the RNIB Eye Pod, which contains an ironically eye-opening sight loss simulator. Its purpose is to shed light on the difficulties presented by vision loss, and to raise awareness of its four most common causes. There is also helpful information presented on how to avoid them.
Ian Cooil, Manx Blind Welfare Society chief executive said, “The aim is to help people understand the challenges of being visually impaired, but also to raise awareness of what can be achieved by blind people when barriers to learning, work and social environments are removed.”
“During Vision Awareness Week 2016 we will continue our mission of explaining the simple steps we can all take to enhance the daily experience of blind and visually impaired people by anticipating and meeting their needs, from not parking on pavements and cutting overhanging vegetation to ensuring education and public services are accessible to all,” he added.
The MBWS offers its services to more than 600 resident of The Isle of Man with various types of vision loss. During Vision Awareness Week the charity also plans to highlight its cooperative efforts with other charities, societies, agencies, and organizations that assist blind and visually impaired people.