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My Apple Watch after 5 days!

My Apple Watch after 5 days!
Having known about the Apple Watch for some time and knowing lots of my friends were planning to buy one, I was sceptical as my needs are quite different to that of those of the sighted and hearing.  I have to rely on specific accessible features. However, I was curious as Apple products have been more than just up market gadgets to me, they really have been my access to the many things most take for granted but that those of us with deafblindness, particularly struggle with. I was born deaf and registered blind when I was 14.  The condition I have is Usher Syndrome Type 2a. I am severely deaf and have only a very small tunnel of vision in my right eye now so I was concerned not just about the face size but how busy it would appear to me and also if there would be an...
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Negative to Positive

Negative to Positive
Becoming a published author and illustrator came about by accident, an idea created in an artroom, in a fabulous College in Egham Surrey. I always loved art, each picture I sketch has a meaning, each picture demonstrates my inner feelings in one way or another. My sight is poor, I only see a small section of any picture or any face but in my mind I can see things as a whole. It's like putting a jigsaw puzzle together or joining the dots, using my imagination. Art is my therapy, my way of expressing myself. I always enjoyed portraiture, I could express my mood through faces, happy, sad, angry, anything really, art makes me happy. To stretch myself it was suggested I write and illustrate a children's book! As I put my mind to it I thought about the characters I'd enjoyed as a little girl and really happy memories...
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First Blog on New Site!

Finally my super new website. Here you will find me talking about all things positive.  That's not to say I don't have negative thoughts, negative days and times when I wish things were different, of course I do, however if there's one thing I have learnt it is that these days and times come and go and the best way to deal with them is to learn from them and turn those negatives into positives. I'm often asked how I cope with the thought of losing my sight on top of being deaf well the simple answer is to take things one day at a time and not dwell on it. To me it also means I'd like to achieve the many dreams I have, make memories that will stay with me forever as my days even with a little sight could be numbered. With these thoughts in mind I...
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Presentation at The House of Commons

Presentation at The House of Commons
I was invited to speak at The House of Commons as a result of my previous work raising awareness of Usher Syndrome the condition that first took away my hearing followed by my sight. I should say that whilst I am not a big fan of Usher Syndrome I have learnt it's best to work with it rather than fight it or hide away from it. Once I took charge I am in charge of what I can and cannot do. Usher is just a part of me and does not define the person I have become, first and foremost I am Molly. That said I am the first to stand up not just for myself but for others with the condition, something I am always proud to do. I was surprised but incredibly proud to be asked to speak about the challenges of life with living with Usher Syndrome...
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