Students of Izmir University of Economics came together with their visually impaired peers for dancing purposes. Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Vocational School of Health Services, Physiotherapy Program students and visually impaired young people received training on Bachata dancing for eight weeks. The dancers displayed their dancing skills at the end of the training with a performance.
Hatice Ayan, Lecturer from IUE Vocational School of Health Services, Physiotherapy Program, stated that they wanted to raise awareness about visually impaired individuals. Ayan said, “Dancing enhances the physical condition of the body. It also increases mental force as it allows people to enjoy themselves. Dancing makes the muscles work, decreases stress and increases motivation. With this project, we aimed to help visually impaired individuals, whom are more inactive and have difficulty in performing independent activities, become more active physically, and have good time with their peers whom are not impaired.”
Ayan, who reported that they also aim to help students improve skills such as respecting the differences, cultivating empathy, and communication, stated that the project was carried out with Şenay Yıldız, Lecturer from IUE Medical Documentation and Secretariat Program and Physiotherapy Program students.