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Friday, 18 January 2019 11:19

How my past is shaping my future!

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Being grateful to those who took me under their wing has always been a given, not just because I was helped and nurtured along a very difficult road but those special people never stopped believing in me when I found it so hard to believe in myself.  Today I can also thank those who have wronged me along my journey, I have learnt so much from the bullying and cruelty I endured throughout my senior school education (14-17yrs old).  I could have quite easily given up but sheer determination and the strongest of support systems have seen me through.  My…
Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:28

My LinkedIn Review 2018

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Ever had trouble finding employment?  Wondered how you could explore your options in various other industries - we all tend to fall back to searching the internet, something most can take for granted! We are always after more resources and more information, with our App Store ever growing with the various communities expanding more and more enabling people to connect more easily.  Be it social networking or dating sites, so much choice, however, for business most will turn to LinkedIn, for me personally it’s Twitter The LinkedIn motto on their desktop website “Be great at what you do” - I…
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I am travelling more and more these days and whilst I enjoy it I continue to find unnecessary challenges but along with the challenges I also find solutions. I would love the opportunity to speak to the airlines about the whole travel experience and accessibility for those travelling with sensory impairment, communication needs and mobility needs. Being deafblind as the word suggests I don’t hear or see well but that really is just the beginning. Two of many challenging add ons are communication and mobility. It should also be considered there are now more older people travelling who’s accessibility needs…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:32

Catalogue of calamity leads to my Guide dog quarantined

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I have been travelling with BA for many years, choosing between BA and another British carrier long haul but always BA in Europe. You see, I was born deaf and started going blind in 2011, registered deafblind at 12 years old and becoming a Guidedog owner at 16 years old. Travelling has been a love and desire of mine especially whilst I still have the tiniest window of vision. I have been fortunate to have been able to incorporate travel with my work in digital, accessibility, usability and raising awareness of sensory impairments including Usher Syndrome the condition that has…
Saturday, 05 August 2017 13:57

Access to sound, to people and to things

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I recently googled what is a hearing aid? The definitions varied from: Cambridge Dictionary - hearing aid meaning, definition, what is hearing aid: a device worn inside or next to the ear by people who cannot hear well in order to help…  Wikipedia - A hearing aid or deaf aid is a device designed to improve hearing. dictionary.com - Hearing aid definition, a compact electronic amplifier worn to improve one's hearing.  I could go on but let's face it most people would think the above, however this is really basic stuff and quite outdated when considering what the latest in…
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