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Discovery Centre – GuideDogs SA

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by Greta Gorelik (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer with a passion for art, photography, cooking, yoga, dancing and travelling. I have an Eastern European background and I love to explore new cultures, discover new things and share my experiences with the world.
Published April 16th 2016
Update July 23rd 2019
Please note this centre is no longer open.

Challenge your sight and hearing senses
The Discovery Centre is Australia's first interactive vision and hearing education facility. It was founded by Guide Dogs SA/NT using a generous bequest donation, which was left with the purpose of building an educational centre offering insights into the challenges of living with vision and hearing loss. The Centre is located in the CBD and it's a 10-minute stroll from the Adelaide Central Market.

touch and see activity at the Discovery Centre
Touch and See Activity - Image courtesy of Guide Dogs SA/NT

Usually, only open to schools, community and corporates for group bookings, the general public is also welcome to visit during the school holidays. There are nine interactive exhibits on display, which promote the prevention of vision and hearing loss and simulate the daily challenges of people living with a vision or hearing loss. Some activities include:

  • Using vision loss simulation glasses to play basketball and catch public transport

  • Learning braille alphabet and cracking a code

  • Using a white cane to cross the road

  • Determining safe listening levels

    walking with a white cane
    Crossing the Road with a White Cane

    My personal favourites were shooting hoops with the glasses on and checking how loud was my music. I was shocked to find out how damaging loud music is to our hearing.

    Sight and Sound Activity at the Discovery Centre
    Sight and Sound - Image Courtesy of Guide Dogs SA/NT

    It was fascinating to learn about puppy breeding, who names the puppies and how they are trained to become Guide Dogs or Autism Assistance Dogs. The cherry on top was meeting a gorgeous Guide Dog at the end of the tour.
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    Why? It’s fun, it’s educational and you get to meet a guide dog
    When: School Holidays, check out
    Phone: 08 8203 8333
    Where: 251 Morphett St, Adelaide SA
    Cost: $6
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