Horseback Riding Can Reduce Communication Barriers for Deaf and Blind Persons


TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Equestrian therapy can improve quality of life disabled Sensory Deaf-blind or Deaf Blind. Research from the Department of Bio Engineering at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London, England, shows that riding can increase the self-confidence and independence of people with Deaf-blind disabilities.

“Equestrian is a means of recreation and therapy through the Animal Assistive Therapy method or therapy that uses animal assistance,” wrote a researcher, Ildat Farkhatdinov in the journal titled ‘Horseback Riding for a Deaf Blind Individual Enabled by a Haptic Interface’ published in 2016. Communicating with people with Deaf and Blind disabilities can only be done through the tactile or haptic method, so this therapy is carried out in several ways.

First, the Deaf and Netra disabled were accompanied by an equestrian trainer directing the horse. Second, the disabled Came to Netra can control the horse with the help of remote control technology. Through remote technology operation, the equestrian trainer does not need to be on the horse.

Some of this technology uses a fiber optic network that is planted in the riding area. There is also another technology that uses cameras to capture the hand signals of the equestrian trainer. While there are several remote assist technologies that can guide horses, there is a constant need for an equestrian trainer during therapy sessions.

Remote assistance by equestrian trainers can build courage and at the same time introduce the sensation of independence for the Deaf and Blind. Horseback riding also trains the ability to communicate with the Deaf and Blind with other creatures around them. Communication techniques that are built can train self-confidence persons with disabilities Deaf and Netra in social interaction.

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Communication techniques are important for the Deaf and Blind because their absorption of information behaves differently. There are barriers to communication and social interaction for Deaf and Blind Persons with Disabilities that affect their physical and mental health. “Barriers to communication and social interaction can lead to depression, loss of cognitive abilities, and stress,” writes Farkhatdinov.

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