“Dance Movement Therapy and special physical activities Application Program for blind and visually impaired social integration”
The Project goal is using both Dance Movement Therapy and special physical exercises for better mobility and foot sensitivity of blind and visually impaired, for their confidence in movement at home and outside, for decreasing injuries and accidents, and as a result, more active engagement and integration in social and political life of society.
Why Are We Doing This?
The vast majority of people facing disabled and their problems very rarely, except their close relatives. Especially, this applies to blind and visually impaired, when they go outside and every going out entails a risk of injury or damage or even death under the wheels of the vehicle. Therefore, blind and visually impaired people tend to spend spare time at home. As a consequence, this leads to decreasing of physical activity, having psychological problems, both personal and social, more difficult adaptation in social and political life of society.
Analysis of Dance Movement Therapy revealed, that it’s mainly targeted for people with mental health problems or various disabilities, but who has normal vision.
In addition, preliminary work with blind and visually impaired to improve their physical activity, revealed the requirement of special qualification of the tutor and the importance of developing new methods of exercise. The teacher should combine three qualifications: dance teacher or choreographer, a psychologist, and a doctor with knowledge of the fundamentals of rehabilitation. Exercises should be multi-functional. They should be used in dance movements, developing the correct posture and in everyday life.
Our team realizes the complexity of the tasks that need to be resolved, and we are committed to a hard and long-term activity on searching effective techniques of dance and movement exercises through practical interaction with the blind and visually impaired. We also realize, that this is a global problem, and we hope that our solutions will help other blind people around the world.
Our own practical experience will be carefully analyzed and published as scientific articles and methodical recommendations, and also we will provide detailed reports for organizations funding our charity program.