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.
“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.
“Even large perfume manufacturers sent us their fragrances, namely, their precious scent bases,” explained Jakubowski.
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.