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Friday, 07 August 2015 06:28

Communication not Assumption

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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…
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:27

Shame on You Facebook, Shame on You

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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.…
Monday, 27 July 2015 06:25

No Sight, No Sound, No Social Media!

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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…
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 06:18

Technology is Me

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I was recently asked what technology I used before finding apple. I hadn't thought about it before and now I think of it it's strange that I found apple around the same time as being diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, the two seem to have gone hand in hand from the beginning of my Usher journey, perhaps it was fate! Before age 12 (diagnosis) and until about age 13 I had used a Nokia and a Motorola Pebble, I'd also played with my Dad's Blackberry, I really struggled and could only use the phone for text as it was impossible to…
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:17

Access Illegally Denied - Guide Dog Owner Challenges

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I am writing this particular blog through sheer frustration and a desire to make things change. I was matched with Unis when I was 16 and over the past 4 years have been subjected to terrible discrimination simply because people either do not follow the law or have no respect for it or people like myself. Denying guide dog owners access to the majority of places is illegal yet it goes on all the time, sadly I feel there is little support, I often feel very alone and unprotected by a society that often appears not to care. Only the…
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