Three towns – Craiova, Timisoara and Arad, hundreds of children, teachers, parents and local people, 1.300 kilometres travelled, lots of emotions and joy – this is how we could summarise the experience of the first Sensabilitate Caravan which took place in March 28-30, 2017.
Together with Mister Vasile Adamescu and his interpreter, Viorel Micu, Sense International Romania team promoted the rights of people with deafblindness, drawing attention upon deafblindness and the severity of this condition. Inside the Sensory Tent, with the eyes and the ears covered, with the help of various materials and sensory equipment, textures, flavours and tastes, people felt and understood, at least partially, what is means to not see and not hear.
On the first day, Tuesday March 28th, we were present at the Craiovita Auchan Commercial Centre in Craiova, where we were visited by our colleagues – the teachers from the Special Secondary School Sf. Vasile, while other dozens of people present in the shop at the time found out things about deafblindness and experienced the sensory tent.
It was a unique experience; although the space is limited, senses amplify. Thus, the space itself seems a lot bigger than it really is. It is full of all sorts of materials that need to be explored; you can make your own representation of what you think it is, but in the end you realise you cannot make an accurate image of what is in the tent, because everything is at a first touch, you move step by step, because you don’t know if there is any danger, any obstacle, so everything happens slower, says Ramona Budihala, teacher at the Special Technological Highschool Beethoven in Craiova.