Monday 15th October, a small group of Year 9 students spent the morning visiting the RNIB College in Loughborough. RNIB stands for the Royal National Institute of Blind people and we could not have met with nicer people. Five of our students who have been involved in The Big Bang project competition met with RNIB staff to talk about the potential for their app and get some background information from people who know first-hand what it is to live with a visual disability.
From arriving we were made to feel extremely welcome. The staff at RNIB were very kind and accommodating people and were more then happy to discuss ideas and feedback with our students to help them further their project. As you may remember reading in an earlier article, our students won an award earlier in the year which advanced them on to the finals of The Big Bang competition. After a detailed Q&A, staff gave our students (and staff) a guided tour around the facility blindfolded so that we could appreciate the kind of difficulties visually impaired people navigate every day. They also generously contributed a goody bag full of information and useful items for us to take away and use to raise awareness within our School of what it is they offer.
I can tell you first-hand what lovely people the staff we met were. A link to their website if you wish to learn more about them can be found here http://www.rnibcollege.ac.uk/