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Inspiring the Next Generation - Larchfield Primary School

Inspiring the Next Generation - Larchfield Primary School
I was asked by Berkshire Vision (previously Berkshire County Blind Society) to do a small presentation to a local school on Wednesday 23 September. The children had been asked to design a remote control accessible to all. It was my pleasure to talk to this group of children about accessibility for those not just with deafblind, but those with other disabilities. Children are so receptive to this sort of challenge and I was impressed with the many ideas they came up with. It dawned on me that these children are our future and that they can and will make a difference to people like myself with their fresh and intuitive ideas. I have visited schools around the country and discussed Usher Syndrome, anti bullying and the importance of inclusion, understanding and acceptance of those of us who are ‘different’ for whatever reason. I suffered at the hands of bullies and...
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Hear No, See No, Techno

Hear No, See No, Techno
I recently read about somebody I know who has Usher Syndrome and had got into a very scary situation. Having Usher Syndrome this sort of thing is very easily done. An accident as simple as getting on the wrong bus in the dark, being put off the bus with directions to safety but you didn't understand the directions and finding yourself all alone in the dark bearing in mind you are completely blind in the dark, terrifying. Being deafblind is often very disorientating at the best of times and lots of us experience dizzy spells or vertigo, often seems part and parcel of the condition and being lost or feeling lost adds to the anxiety lots of us can feel when out and about particularly in unfamiliar areas. Similar happened to me before I had guide dog Unis and I was petrified, fortunately for me I had my cane, must...
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Amazing Memories Made for My 21st

Amazing Memories Made for My 21st
I was determined to enjoy my 21st I arranged a few events with my friends for my special Birthday. The countdown would be good and the actual day special as I was jetting off to Miami with the family, spending two nights in Miami followed by two weeks relaxing on the beach in Daytona. This is the first holiday I gate crashed and paid for my own flight! I love the US so there was no way I wasn't going, the fact it was my Birthday was going to make the holiday very special, I just didn't realise how special! I've been extremely lucky to have frequently visited the US growing up. You've probably read somewhere on my website I am all about creating memories and my 21st Birthday would definitely be memorable, regardless of my quick deteriorating vision. Memories happen regardless. There is a large list of places I'd...
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Communication not Assumption

Communication not Assumption
Until I was 12 I believed I could do most things, why not, I was deaf but with hearing aids could hear "ok". The one thing I remember upsetting me back then was I couldn't hear on the telephone so couldn't speak to my grandparents who had moved far away.  It did make communication an issue sometimes, group settings, noisy environments, bad acoustics did make life more difficult but I did cope quite well lipreading in most situations but definitely always easier on an one to one. Of course there would have been a few things I couldn't do but in the main I felt capable of most things. To my surprise my disability was more of an issue to the outside world than to me. This very strange assumption that firstly I would use sign language to communicate was the first barrier I came up against followed by the...
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Shame on You Facebook, Shame on You

Shame on You Facebook, Shame on You
My Grandad and I have a special relationship, particularly since my Nan died. We live 200 miles apart and don't see each other as much as we would like to, at 75 he hasn't been too keen on technology making communication between us difficult. He had an old Nokia mobile phone for years but only used it now and then. Being deaf / deafblind it was hard for me to communicate with him by telephone using my old hearing aids, so although I knew he was and is always there for me I was often isolated from him and him from me. My parents had offered to buy him an iPad for Christmas over and over and he continuously said no until last Christmas when he had a change of mind. I am deafblind and my Grandad is 75 but we both benefit from the same accessibility settings on the...
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