The Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB) E-Learning Resource Center, a special institution for visually impaired middle and high school students, has been revamped into a multisensory educational experience.
Full view of the interactive wall
The 63 square meter expanse provides audiovisual aids and online materials to PNSB students and is equipped with assistive features such as a braille system for digital learning.
The main feature is an interactive wall to encourage sensory learning that students can touch, rearrange, and play with to stimulate their auditory and kinesthetic senses. The center has a set of shelves, a computer area, a reading corner and a notice board.
It also houses a teacher’s desk and workstations with supplies and facilities.
The flooring has been specially designed to encourage a continuous accessible path of travel and informs students to be careful when approaching a change of area. Very contrasting colors have been considered to allow better identification of the different areas and of the furniture. For easy navigation, the room has an open space without physical partitions.
Philippine National School for the Blind Online Learning Resource Center reimagined
The renovation was made possible by 24 interior design students from De La Salle College in Saint Benilde, driven by the mission of promoting inclusive education and empathetic design to foster the growth and development of people with specific needs. “Interior design must empower and empower people regardless of their unique deviations by guiding them through their daily challenges,” the team explained.
“We envision a path for blind and visually impaired students to learn and grow. By promoting inclusive learning and barrier-free design, we hope to have an impact that will remove the stigma of interior design as an exclusive status symbol or only as visual decoration. aesthetic.”
The team, guided by IDr. Randy Pabona and IDr. Maria Celiza Sim, was composed of Pamela Aldaba, Jallf Alora, Andro Bonoan, Nina Cabral, Dan Camus, Moira Campoy, Andrea De Castro, Janus De Guzman, Katrina Del Rosario, Martin Dena, Sophia De Jesus, Nigel Delos Santos, Tommy Escay , Jennifer Gongora, Raven Landicho, Nicole Lopez, Krishna Loquinte, Se Vin Moon, Jazel Ong, Arrah Pamintuan, Nicole Quiat, Paola Sarmiento, Margaux Sia and Katrina Viloria.
The keys to the newly renovated e-learning resource center were then handed over to PNSB Director Corazon Salvador.