By Tara Rippin •
Published: 13 Feb 2021 • 16:29
Library of smells for the blind and visually impaired to open in Poland.
IN a first of its kind for the country, Poland plans to open a library of smells at the Educational Centre for Blind Children in the locality of Owinska, western Poland.
Marek Jakubowski, a centre spokesman, told the Polish Press Agency (PAP) that dried flowers and spices, railways engine grease, perfume and even elephant dung will be among the scents to sample.
“Smell allows us to discover if we are passing by a park or whether we are getting close to a street,” he said, adding that the idea for the library came from the children at the centre to help the blind and visually impaired learn more about the world that surrounds them.
The centre launched an appeal to find “interesting smells” and began to receive packages from around the world.
“Even large perfume manufacturers sent us their fragrances, namely, their precious scent bases,” explained Jakubowski.
The facility will be open to the public, along with the Spatial Orientation Park and the typhloacoustic laboratory and museum already operating at the centre.
The park is the first of its kind in Poland and possibly the only one in Europe created to help the blind and visually impaired learn spatial orientation and navigate in traffic.
The typhloacoustic museum showcases a variety of devices historically used by the blind, including Braille tablets, maps and touch graphics.
Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Twenty-one men arrested as part of probe into child sexual exploitation”. For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
Share your story with us by emailing email@example.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.