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ABOUT ATRIUM
Atrium e.V. is a non-profit association with the objective to promote the inclusion of visually impaired and blind people in both Germany and Tunisia.
The objective is that people who are visually impaired or blind can live a self-determined life both in Germany and in Tunisia. This includes coping with private everyday life, such as the preparation of meals, personal hygiene or the identification of money but also the professional everyday life.
Our focus is set on inclusion, for instance with the promotion of cross-cultural competencies, political education and sensitization of the public in the form of workshops, educational trips and youth exchanges between Tunisia and Germany for persons with visually impairments or persons who are blind.

ACTIVITIES
Inclusive exhibition about the city of Kairouan
The photographs were taken as part of a project to promote intercultural dialogue, initiated by the European Union Delegation in Tunisia, in order to underline the appreciation of Tunisian World Heritage. The idea of the exhibition is to create a way for the visitor to make his/her own picture of the city of Kairouan in a number of ways. For this purpose, the photographs should be supplemented not only with tactile objects (blind-friendly exhibits) but also with an audio installation. This interplay of seeing, feeling and hearing enables a comprehensive perception and experience of the Tunisian city for all. The exhibition took place in Giessen, in November 2018. Please find further information in the German article here.

Blindwalk – city life and art with closed eyes
How do people who are blind or visually impaired design their mobility and how do they experience art? The question was raised by the Blindwalk on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in the town hall of Giessen.
The participants were greeted in front of the city hall by blind and visually impaired people and were provided with blindfolds and a white cane. The idea is that people who can see are guided by a persons who is blind or visually impaired and thus can experience an everyday situation, such as crossing a street, accompanied by them.

Which sounds are perceived? How does the asphalt feel? How do you experience/perceive known odors and tastes if you do not see it?

Afterwards, the visitors went to the exhibition „Dialogue through Encounter – Impressions from Kairouan“ in the town hall. Here began the journey to Kairouan with all senses. First, the typical odour of jasmine and orange blossom filled the room. Then, the participants could touch the tangible objects and finally, dates and makoudh (sweet pastries from Kairouan) were tasted.

How do you describe a picture? What is subjective?

The last unit focused on the description of the pictures. For this purpose, couples were formed, consisting of sighted and non-sighted or sighted, each with a person with blindfold. The person seeing described the pictures of the exhibition for the non-sighted person.
In the final round, experiences and challenges were discussed and reflected. In addition, the non-sighted participants gave recommendations for dealing and everyday situations and shared their experiences.

„Talk to me directly, not (just) to my accompanying person!“ (said by a person who is blind)

 

 

 

PLANNED PROJECTS
Female medical touch-diagnostician

Breast cancer is still the most common cancer and one of the leading causes of death among women. Early detection of breast cancer allows less stressful treatment and significantly improves the patient’s chances of survival.
However, the gynaecologist’s breast diagnostic, which is the only breast cancer screening measure for women between the ages of 30 and 50, is not performed according to standardized and validated procedures and often under high time pressure.
The training of blind and visually impaired women to medical touch-diagnosticians can fill this gap and at the same time, this creates a meaningful field of activity for women with disabilities with clear benefits for patients: blind and visually impaired people have a demonstrably superior sense of touch, they will be recruited not „despite their disability „but“ because of their talent“.

 

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Account holder: Atrium e.V.
IBAN: DE62 5139 0000 0013 6940 01
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