Blind & Deaf Children Learn to Communicate via Olfaction {The 5th Sense in the News}

A partnership between PZ Cussons (Imperial Leather, Carex) and the Sea Shell Trust for the blind and deaf lets perfumer Kate Williams reconstruct smells for severely disabled children for whom it is the only means of communication, with touch.

"The Seashell Trust is both a day and residential, co-educational, non-maintained special school, offering specialist provision for pupils who have severe and complex disabilities, combined with communication difficulties.

One boy, whenever he goes to the park, sniffs the metallic chains that hold the swings. Kate has therefore recreated that unique, ferrous smell and this is a way of telling him that he is about to go to the park. "


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