Senior School Assembly Thursday 6 October
We had a guest speaker at Senior school assembly on Thursday 6 October – Madeline Monihgan who is the Hillingdon Local Talking Newspaper Co-ordinator.
Madeline spoke to Years 7 – 13 about the talking newspaper, detailing how it operates and supports blind and visually impaired in the local community. The talking newspaper helps blind or visually impaired, and especially older people, to keep in touch with what is happening in the local area; it can be an isolating situation not being able to pick up a newspaper or book and read it whenever you want. Madeline also highlighted a number of well-known celebrities who are blind or visually impaired, for example most of the audience were unaware that Johnny Depp is blind in one eye and near-sighted in the other.
The ‘newspaper’ is recorded in a digital recording studio, copied on to USB sticks using a special copying machine and then distributed. Recipients of the newspaper have purpose designated players for the USB sticks and free return envelopes to send the USB back each week. This service is organised and run by 40 volunteers.
Madeline left us with a closing thought from Helen Keller (American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree) 1880 – 1968: ‘The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision…’
If you would like to write a short article or poem for the talking newspaper, please send to Mrs Annetts who will forward to Madeline. If you are interested in knowing more about volunteering to help with this local community service, please speak to Mrs Annetts.