This post was most recently updated on June 29th, 2018
If you are visiting Crufts this year remember to stop by the Guide Dogs for the Blind exhibit to experience their amazing sensory tunnel. As you walk through it you will experience different noises and textures, the smell of cut grass, wire fencing and bricks to name just a few. This gives us a small glimpse of what daily struggles one might come across if visually impaired.
The sensory tunnel is similar in concept to the sensory rooms used in special education needs teaching, which focus on the different senses of touch, taste, hearing and vision to aid sensory modulation and bring about modifications in behaviour. Of course, not all senses are targetted in each sensory room. It’s common to have different rooms focus on different senses with perhaps a “music room”, a “light display room” or a “soft-touch room”.
The sensory tunnel set up by the Guide Dogs charity aims to give people with normal vision the perspective of what it’s like to be blind or partially sighted.