Our August profile child is Lily-Grace.
She is the reason behind Project Brailler
She turns 8 on Sunday.
A stroke on day four of her life wiped out her visual pathways.
She has nystagmus. Optic nerve atrophy and squints.
Last year an MRI revealed mild cerebral palsy.
Project Brailler started when I entered her for a competition in 2014 through Wonderbaby to win a Smart Brailler.
Until then no one had presented her with the opportunity to learn braille.
She is a cane user.
Last Nov her headteacher banned the use of her long cane at school.
It didnt hold her back.
She is now at a wonderful new VI resourced based school.
A brownie and keen ballet dancer with the all inclusive group Flamingo Chicks.
Last November she performed with her friends at No 10.
In May she was voted to become an Agent of Change.
Last week she spoke at the JCI UN summit.
Lily-Grace is a bright, confident and tenacious young lady.
She is happy and smiles all the time.
She is showing us and the world Blindness is not to be feared.
That a full and happy life is completely achievable.
#Blind #KidsCan #Braille #Cane
Photography: Matt Revell https://www.facebook.com/Matt.Revell.Photography/
Holly Scott-GardnerYes yes yes! I would rather people channel that pity/sadness into something productive, like breaking down the societal barriers that lead to blind people often being unable to find jobs, or get a good education. Having someone pity me doesn't really help anyone! It also makes me really sad, so many blind people have great lives, and those who don't are often unhappy because of circumstances totally unrelated to their blindness. It makes me sad that all people see is the fact I'm blind, not all the other things I do that make my life so great.2 · 4 weeks ago
Here is our final post in Young Person's Voice Month!
Kindly contributed by Elin Williams, the title speaks for itself "My mistakes have made me". I really love the whole message in the post and really supports what I think about and what I try to do with Scarlett, so its great to have it reinforced from a very achieved young person!
Thank you for sharing Elin Williams x
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As we enter our 4th and final week of 'Young Person's Voice Month' we have a great post from Liam Goalball Mackin. In this post he shares his Top 10 Tips for living with a person who is partially sighted.
This is a great post full of wonderful ideas to making life easier for a person who has little vision. Taking a slightly different tone to the posts we have had this month, this would be a great post to book mark.
Although Scarlett has no useful vision I found this post very helpful for when I am around children who are partially sighted, which I am quite often! Some of it after reading it just seems like pure common sense, but for whatever reason until you are told you just don't think!
Thank you Liam Goalball Mackin for sharing!
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hey need a little help, dad took young Abby for latest eye test they toldhimher eyes were worse 6/24 in one and 6/30 in the other apparently this is with glasses on (still all new to me even after 3 years) an optition friend has said they don't test near sight. Having done some research it looks like she is heading for partial sightedness I am thinking ofher heading into year one at school print in books getting smaller etc do es any one know how I get the near vision checked and what the heck do ido about school? thanks in advance
Ruth HollingAsk school/ or the staff at the hospital / or contact yourself- the sensory support dept. In your local authority/council. They should be able to put you in touch with a qtvi (qualified teacher for children with visual impairment) who can do a functional assessment of your child's vision and recommend to school what print size etc your child will need. They will also be able to advise on the educational implications of his/her reduced distance vision too. There is a lot that can be done to make access to print easier and a qtvi will be able to coordinate this for you.1 month ago
LOOK’s new Skype mentoring group is appealing to young vision impaired people, aged between11-29, to get involved.
It is part of our larger mentoring project and groups will be split into age categories and interests, giving the opportunity for young people to connect with others a similar age to them.
Our Skype groups will give young people the opportunity to help and support each other, discussing issues relating to sight loss and tips and tricks to live a full and interesting life.
Chat about anything from music, sport, to arts, entertainment, fashion, school life and relationships, whatever your interests are, then our Skype groups could be just what you’re looking for.
The sessions will take place at evenings or weekends and will be led by one of our fully trained mentors.
If you would like to know more then please contact us: 01432 376314 or email email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!