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My mistakes have made me – By Elin Williams

One of the most valuable things I gained from studying for two years at a specialist school for the blind was the freedom to make mistakes. I would never say that my parents have been suffocating or wrapped me up in cotton-wool, but natural parental instincts are always going to come into play when your blind child is handling sharp objects or very hot things. Maybe that’s why I never quite felt comfortable doing those things at home. I always thought that if anything went wrong, my parent’s reaction was guaranteed to be much more dramatic than mine. It’s a … Read more

My top ten tips for living with a partially sighted person – By Liam Mackin

This week, in a break from the usual Wednesday night slot, I’m delighted to be writing a piece for Young Person’s Voice month on throughscarlettseyes.com This week I’m sharing my top ten tips for living with a partially sighted person. Lots of people who have blind or partially sighted children, parents, siblings, partners and flatmates have never lived with a partially sighted person before, so hopefully these tips will help you. 1. Don’t treat us differently Whilst it can be easy for parents of blind children to wrap them in cotton wool, that doesn’t help them. They won’t learn to … Read more

Fostering positivity and confidence in your blind child – By Holly Scott Gardner

I didn’t realise that blind people weren’t supposed to do things for a very long time. I grew up playing football, fighting my sister and reading all the books I could get my hands on. My childhood, although not perfect, was painfully ordinary in many ways. My blindness was never viewed by my parents as a tragedy, or something to worry about, it was simply another part of who I was. As far as I knew, blind adults went to university, got jobs and raised families. I had no idea that society didn’t have those kinds of expectations of us. … Read more

26 Years Riding on the Roller Coaster Called Life by Amelia Khan

About me My name is Amelia Khan and am 26 years old, I am totally blind due to a condition called Peter’s Anomaly. I currently work in the charity sector and enjoy working in the field. Making a difference in the world we live in is something that I’m passionate about. In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends because let’s face it, you can never have a dull moment laughing about the mishaps of celebrities, talking about how life would be so much better if you and your mates ran the country or pulling pranks on your … Read more

Mohammed ‘The Blind Journalist’ – Studying for my degree with my visual impairment

Below is an interview that was conducted with TheBlindJournalist Mohammed Salim Patel who graduated from the University Of Central Lancashire in 2015. Mohammed is registered blind and he has shared his experience as a disabled student studying for a degree. If you wish to view his blog and more of his work, go to http://theblindjournalist.blogspot.co.uk/ Q: Had you always planned on going to university? A: Ever since I was in secondary school and doing my GCSE’s I knew that one day I would go to University. It wasn’t something I thought about in detail however, I just knew that my … Read more

My life after I lost my sight at age nineteen- by Warren Wilson

So there I was stood in a small club at the age of 18 with a group of friends and my girlfriend all huddled together singing along to the Noah and the Whale song in five years time. None of us knew where we would be in five years time, but boy how our lives have changed over those five years. I was basically a normal 18 year old, I drove, I went out over the weekend, I went to Sixth Form College, I played video games and I enjoyed the occasional kick about with friends. About a year after … Read more

Expectations and the unexpected by Megan

Summer 2010. I’m sitting in a stuffy office for my last ever annual review meeting. My Form Tutor, Keyworker and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator are in attendance. My Mum is sitting next to me. They discuss “the transition in September” and my predicted A Level grades. “It all looks very promising for Megan going to university,” Mum says. My mouth is dry. “Perhaps this is a good time for Megan to talk about her trip to Germany,” says my Keyworker. I enthuse about how much I’ve enjoyed the German exchange: making friends, visiting a German school, speaking the language … Read more

LOOK-UK Skype mentoring group initiative

LOOK-UK is a registered charity which aims to support blind and vision impaired young people and their families. One way in which we aim to do this is through Skype mentoring groups. This is part of our mentoring project which will be launching later this summer. There will be several Skype groups these will be split into age groups, which will give the opportunity for young people to connect with others that are a similar age to them. The mentoring groups will give blind and vision impaired young people the opportunity to help and support each other, discuss any issues … Read more

My life as a 20 year old living with a visual impairment – By Holly Tuke

My name is Holly and I am 20 years old. I am registered as severely sight impaired, I have the eye condition Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) due to the fact that I was born at 24 weeks. I am currently at university studying Children, young people and families in the hope to work in the sight loss field when I graduate. I am currently a volunteer for Action for Blind/RNIB and also LOOK-UK and have volunteered with many charities over the last few years including ones in my local area. I run my own blog called Life of a Blind … Read more

How I began my journey as a VICTA volunteer- By Alex Walters

Way back in 2011 my friend Phil asked if I’d come along and volunteer at a charity weekend he was organising.  His idea was that once work had finished for the day, we could have some beers and a catch up.  So I agreed to come along, with all I knew about VICTA being that it was a charity that worked with visually impaired children and their families, and beyond that having no idea what to expect. I arrived in Swindon on a rainy morning and got a taxi to an outdoor activity centre – this didn’t look like it … Read more