Simon is one of three finalists for The BBC Radio Solent Community Heroes Awards 2020 Inclusion Awards which aim to recognise unsung heroes across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight – they will be announcing the winner on Friday 31 July BBC Radio Solent – 11.15am – 11.30am GOOD LUCK SIMON
Simon who has partial sight took early retirement on medical grounds from his job as an early year specialist teacher. Simon approached Southampton Sight with an idea to start a project in Primary Schools. His idea was to deliver an interactive session to encourage children to be aware of others with Visual Impairments through talk and practical activities to encourage children to think about how people with VI might see the world differently, the challenges this may present and to recognise that people with VI can be active and involved in daily life and activities. Now in its 3rd year the workshop is delivered in 25 schools on a weekly basis and will see approximately 1300 children and 50 Teachers per year.
“Children are already showing a clear understanding of the different experiences people have and the activities allowed most children to understand in a very empathetic way, while considering a topic they had likely never considered before. It was also great that they were able to meet role models to cement the message that visual impairments do not stop people participating in daily life.” Teacher