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No Sight, No Sound, No Social Media!

No Sight, No Sound, No Social Media!
Being born with a condition is very different to acquiring one, I have the experience of both! I was born deaf, hearing aids from 18 months old, audiology appointments, speech therapy and a specialist teacher of the deaf for support.  It was all I knew until I was 12 years old and it all worked very well.  It all changed when I was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome. I was told I'd go blind but that it would be a gradual process, for me I went from perfect sight to registered blind in two years, I have been one of the unlucky ones. I was born with perfect sight and being deaf meant I used my eyes to compensate for my deafness. I relied on my eyes to lipread, to learn to speak, I could see facial and body gestures which helped me understand mood, happy, sad, angry.  Often when in...
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Let Me Be a Part

Let Me Be a Part
In a lot of my talks I often mention how grateful I am to have great family and friends. I could not imagine myself as a person without either, I really cannot. As I grew up I was very close to my parents and am lucky to have been well socialised. I have some amazing and happy memories, from days out to holidays. I always also looked forward to being with my friends at school. I have mentioned before I knew I was different pretty early on. Lots of my friends were walking to/ travelling to school independently, I was walked or was put in a taxi to get to school. I always had to leave the house with my friends to be assured of my safety or I would get my parents to drop me off exactly where I needed to be. Not being able to hear cars from...
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Just Imagine

Just Imagine
Having Usher Syndrome means deafness with a progressive blindness and for some complete blindness. None of us can possibly know if we will be unlucky enough to lose all sight, however it is a consideration. I lost so much sight so quickly the thought of any further progression has been scary and something I choose not to think about it unless I have to. At the beginning of the year I found myself in that position, through no fault of my own, where was I going with my life. The profession I'd originally dreamt of was gone and now at 20 years old I needed to reconsider what I could do being deaf and already very blind. Most would assume "Deafblind" what can she do?  Well, you'd be surprised at the things I can do! I doubted myself a lot after diagnosis, always questioning the whys and how's. The one...
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