New initiative allows the visually disabled to experience art in a whole new way

Euronews: Christina Abellan Matamoros

A new initiative in Chile’s capital of Santiago allows visually disabled people to enjoy the city’s bustling street art scene in a whole new way.

The “Hand on the Wall” project places a plaque with a raised reproduction with a description in Braille in front of the works so the visually disabled can feel and read about the artwork.

The multimedia approach also includes a phone app with an explanation about the piece.

Pamela Aquino, 27, said the new initiative has allowed her to experience the city’s art in a way that was unthinkable because of her low vision.

“This, to me, opens a new world to me, one which I didn’t know and had been isolated from. To be able to touch and feel what is on the mural! I couldn’t do that before but now when I touch it, it is like it is inviting me to know so much. It was very emotional for me,” she said. …Read More

Image: Reuters

2018-10-23T20:56:07+00:00