The Annual Sense Conference
|Last year Elaine Spiteri, one of our former Outreach Workers attended the Annual Sense Conference. She accompanied a client to the event as a Communicator Guide. A Communicator Guide is someone who is qualified to guide a person if they have a sight loss or a combined hearing and sight loss (dual sensory loss). Sense is of course the main provider of services nationwide for adults and young people who have a dual sensory loss. They provided refreshments and even funded travel expenses to ensure that those who would benefit from the day were able to attend.
The event took place at Aston University, and on arrival they were made very welcome by the staff and volunteers from Sense.
There was a full programme and stalls around the main room selling products that people had made for Christmas and items which were sold in the shop (the Coventry branch).
There were opportunities to try out all the equipment which is set up for a person with a dual-sensory loss and to take part in the activities which were available. It was most impressive to watch all the different kinds of communication methods used on the day, including various interpreters and carers who used British Sign Language, deafblind manual alphabet and ‘hands on’ signing. They met a few people there whom they knew and made new contacts, exchanging details.
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