Covilha celebrated on the 3 of December, the International Day for People with
Disabilities. "Experience as a form of awareness" was the central
theme of the initiative, which took place in the Engineering facilities of
University of Beira Interior (UBI), which was attended by ESN mentors and
the event, which lasted about 40 minutes, participants were experiencing similar
situations to ones that face disability, such as undertaking a path in a wheelchair
and walking blindfolded. Elias, a student from Brazil, was a participant in the
second experiment (blindfold) .In the other hand, Delia, from Romania, attended
the event involving the wheelchair.
me it was very difficult to walk with a blindfold because I felt the ground was
unsafe. The flour was irregular as I walked and because of the blindfold I did
not felt safe. It was difficult for me to touch things (objects), they were all
far away. I felt quite afraid to walk through doors ... I felt I could hurt my
hand at any time and that to me was very bad."
I try to look at the world from another perspective. From the perspective of a
person with disabilities. It was very hard for me to strole with a wheelchair
in that pavement. It was also tricky to pass with the chair through doors, but
I met people who helped me. People should be willing to help. When I entered
the elevator it was even more complicated because the elevator was too small
for the chair, it was as difficult to enter as it was to stay inside. I believe
it is possible to create good conditions for people with difficulties, helping
them integrate themselves into the community."
type of activity seeks to teach the whole community to embrace people with
special difficulties and / or disabilities, by promoting their inclusion in