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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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Playing Pad Pro Pencil

Playing Pad Pro Pencil
As a naturally creative person I was particularly excited about the arrival of the iPad Pro and Pencil but I did have the usual reservations that go with somebody with only 5 degrees of vision and big screens. When I opened the box and saw the size of the screen I was very apprehensive as big is not necessarily better for somebody with tunnel vision, especially a tunnel as small as mine. On taking the tablet from it’s box I was surprised at how light it was and how much a bigger version of my iPad air. Switching on the iPad Pro the screen clarity was profound, even to me and it was big! Strange as it might sound, as poor as my eyes are I notice differences, I guess because I have to look so carefully and scan everything it is rare for me to miss something new or...
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Social Media 'The Art of Communication' Fark09

Social Media 'The Art of Communication' Fark09
Last summer I was asked to write a blog for the Usher Coalition for the first ever Usher Syndrome Awareness Day. I thought long and hard and decided the best way was to use social media to show the world what this condition “looks” like, the irony of a hidden disability! http://www.usher-syndrome.org/our-story/blog/ushlookslikethis-own-the-equinox-day-4.html I am particularly proud of this awareness project as it highlighted lots of things and reached a huge audience, particularly on Twitter, I’m told it was trending at one stage. I had realised the power of social media after one of my first ever blogs http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days which had interested so many people, I know because of the Applewatch but I am proud to say over 225,000 read that blog and all will have seen the words Usher Syndrome, deafblind and accessibility which really pleases me. Social Media also has the power to bring otherwise isolated people together but...
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The Dark is the Devil - Halloween

The Dark is the Devil - Halloween
As a young deaf person, I always despised Halloween.  Now thinking back I was always petrified of the dark.  Winter nights out with the family meant me being literally attached to one of my parent's arms whilst my friends excitedly raced off in front of me.  I loved the thought of dressing up but not of going out. I remember the outdoor funfairs not being any fun for me unless I was in a secure seat with a seatbelt on or a ride where adrenaline took over School discos at primary school were always in the evenings.  I would look forward to the discos, I loved to dance but for me the best part was having sweets with my friends in a well lit classroom! I would spend most of my time avoiding the low lit hall with it’s flashing lights and loud music. My coping strategies kicked in even...
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Depression, Dealing with Demons

Depression, Dealing with Demons
I was 17 years old, my first year in 6th form, studying for A levels. I'd been pushed around, made to feel different when I just wanted to fit in, was coming to terms with going from deaf to deafblind, to being a guide dog owner and coping with all the usual things teenagers deal with. I had an untold number of professionals involved in my life and looking back now only one of those people actually tried to understand me and sadly I only saw her once a term. At my real time of need I was bullied, not just by my peers but also by the staff. I have always used my creative ability to make a point and my communication skills should have made me an easy person to support, strangely the staff spent most of their time telling me what my needs were instead of listening...
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