MADRID, June 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of People with Deafblindness, which is observed on June 27th, several people with this disability have faced an inclusive and adapted “Escape Room” to make visible the barriers they have to overcome every day, to carry out tasks of daily living, as ONCE reports.
The activity designed by The Darkest Room took place at CaixaForum Madrid during the institutional act “Pull yourself in my skin” organized to commemorate this day.
The “escape room”, located in a medieval castle, consisted of passing various tests using senses other than sight and hearing. Participants had to find keys in pots that distinguish spice smells, open padlocks by touching different textures, or blindly tumble down a slide into a kind of pit to find a safe passage. All with the message of inclusion, the aim of this law for the International Day of People with Deafblindness.
In it, presented by two children with deaf-blindness, Abel and Martín, the director general of the rights of persons with disabilities, Jesús Martín Blanco, announced that the government provides the regulations that will develop the law through which languages will be recognized Spanish Signs and Oral communication aids for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people will be regulated before the end of the year, recognizing deafblindness as a unique disability.
“It is a text that will produce a guaranteed and useful formula for the exercise of the rights of deaf-blind people, containing important supports for their daily life,” he explained.
For her part, ONCE Vice-President Imelda Fernández recalled that more than 3,200 people associated with the organization are people with deaf-blindness, so attention to this group is “a priority”. “The ONCE Social Group works daily to address all the needs of people living with deafblindness,” he said.
According to the motto of this celebration “Hide in my skin”, society should be made aware of the situation of people with deafblindness by putting themselves in their shoes. A disability that arises as a result of the combination of a visual and a hearing impairment in the same person, as advocates point out.
Deaf-blindness affects 15 out of 100,000 inhabitants, so in Spain without a definitive census it affects more than 7,000 people. This is a very diverse group: some deaf-blind people cannot hear or see, while others may still have some sight or hearing.
Likewise, deaf-blindness can be congenital or acquired. Communication problems are the most important but not the only needs that a person encounters when living with deafblindness.
The combination of the two sensory losses affects many other vital aspects. So when a person is born or becomes deaf-blind, the most pressing need is to intervene so that they can develop a communication system, learn a new one, or adapt their own to their new situation.situation. There are two key figures that enable deafblind people to connect with the world around them: the mediator and the interpreter guide.