Sensabilitate, Romania

A man wearing headphones and a face mask, feeling a string structureSense International Romania organised 'Sensabilitate' events to increase awareness about deafblindness at the Parliament of Romania. People with deafblindness do not currently benefit from all the rights they should, because in the legislation, this type of disability does not fall under the severe disability category. 

The 'Sensabilitate Caravan' toured 12 towns in Romania, where people were able to experience the sensory tent and to show their support for people with deafblindness by signing the White Paper for the Rights of People with Deafblindness. More than 1,200 signatures were raised to support these rights and were submitted to the relevent government ministries.

A man wearing a blindfold and headphones is led by a womanTogether with Vasile Adamescu, an artist who is deafblind, Sense International Romania travelled to different towns promoting the rights of people with deafblindness, drawing particular attention to the impact of multisensory impairment. The team used ear defenders and blindfolds to recreate the experience of sensory deprivation for visitors. Inside a sensory tent, participants had the chance to engage with sensory equipment, as well as different textures, flavours and tastes, so as to feel and understand what it means to live with deafblindness.

Adriana Săftoiu, MP, said

“Today, for a few minutes, I have accepted to place myself in the situation of people with deafblindness! An experiment proposed by Sense international Romania in the Parliament, as part of the Sensabilitate Campaign, that I support with all my heart! I entered the sensory tent, with my eyes and ears covered, and I tried to manage touching the objects around me! A feeling of insecurity, helplessness, anxiety! I could hardly identify some of the objects!”

The project Sensabilitate developed an online platform - the first website in Romania which is accessible for people with sensory impairments, http://www.sensabilitate.ro, organising a national awareness campaign around deafblindness across Romania, funded by Orange Foundation as part of the 2016 World Through Colour and Sound Programme. 

First published: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 6 February 2018