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The future will be bright if the future is Accessible!

The future will be bright if the future is Accessible!
I didn't like to think too far ahead, however I was determined to make something of my life. Thanks to amazing support at Primary School and later at College I made it through my A levels and to University. Sadly University turned out to be very similar to senior school - something of a non event, big promises of support but failure to follow through. Again let down by a system that failed in their duty of care, failed to provide accessibility or inclusion and enough really is enough. Enough fighting, of feeling anxious, misunderstood, unimportant time to move on and do something different. I spent two months soul searching could I physically and mentally deal with another two and a half years of fighting for support, fighting to be given access to a course I had for the first three months been denied. This time my GP was to...
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Mr Cane in the Rain

Over the years I have become more and more anxious in and around London. I live about 40 minutes away from the city in a small town. Not a lot goes on in the town I live in.  Growing up I loved visits to London it really is fantastic, a City I love. However, as my sight progressively got worse, I became more stressed in crowded areas, that horrible feeling of claustrophobia. Moorfield Eye Hospital became the only reason I would go to London, a day at Moorfield Eye Hospital is not a pleasant day out.  At one point I was living independently on the outskirts of London, from a convenience point of view and as a guide-dog owner, this was fab. Hopping on and off the bus to get anywhere, the buses were so regular and reliable, I loved it.  Being on the outskirts of London was perfect, it...
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A Life Without Headaches...Well, Almost

A Life Without Headaches...Well, Almost
I’ve been asked about my “Daith Piercing” by so many people I decided a blog of 'my experience' might be useful, so here goes:  Just over three months ago I began to seriously consider getting a daith piercing as I'd read several articles that suggested it may help prevent migraine.  If you've read my blogs you’ll know I have Ushers syndrome, a form of deafblindness, where the blindness is progressive due to a rare genetic condition called Retinitus Pigmentosa.  For me the progression in sight loss was very fast, I became registered blind within 2 years and today get by with just 5 degrees of vision, the majority of which is in my right eye.  Having been deaf but ‘sighted’ from birth, strangely, I am still a ‘visual’ person, I still learn visually, and rely sometimes on some visual clues which is not only exhausting but leads to one of...
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My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On

My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On
I thought it fitting that my first blog of 2016 should be an update on "My Applewatch Experience" after 8 months and to mention the project set up to fund it for others. I’ve read lots of posts about applewatch, some very technical, some good and some bad. For me it has been more personal, more about accessibility and inclusivity and how it has changed my life, enhanced it in ways I didn't believe to be possible. Who would have thought a watch could bring independence, aid mobilty, reduce isolation and along with it confidence. In my first blog  http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days  I talked about maps and safe navigation using taptics, my world has opened hugely and I have used this feature a great deal not just around the UK but also in Boston and Miami. It is very accurate and very impressive.  I’ve now found applewatch apps for public transport which...
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New Year's Eve 2015 - Happy New Year & Thank you

New Year's Eve 2015 - Happy New Year & Thank you
I'm going out tonight, it's New Years Eve and I, like most want to be out and to welcome the new year with my friends. Being out on one of the busiest nights of the year is quite a challenge, it's dark and it's crowded, two of the worse nightmares for anybody with Usher Syndrome and I can only do it because I have the most amazing friends who know my challenges, know my weaknesses and my vulnerabilities.   They also know how to make me feel indifferent and we have a great time. I am fortunate to live in a small town where I know quite a lot of people and even more people know me.  What is nice about this is not only my friends but people who have seen me around with my guide dog Unis or in the media know who I am but more importantly...
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