This new segment of my blog is a way of raising awareness of the variety of visual impairments and disabilities, that there are in the world. It will be posted on the 1st of every month. I have sourced several lovely volunteers who have offered to share their experiences and knowledge of their disability.
The First Instalment of this segment comes from Mark.
Tell me a bit about yourself…
I’m Mark Wright, 27, and live in Hertfordshire England. I work part time as an admin.
My Hobbies include : sports, radio, socialising and social media.
Now we know the basics, can we learn a bit more about you?
What is the medical reason you have a disability?
Have you had your Visual impairment / disability from birth?
No, aged 16.
Which terminology do you prefer: Partially Sighted, Visually Impaired, Sight Impaired, Severely Sight Impaired or Blind?
Do you have a cane, Guide Dog or neither?
Long white cane.
If you could extinguish your disability, would you? – If not, please explain why.
Yes i would love my sight back.
For those who do not know much about your VI what can you see?
very little only peripheral vision left no central vision.
How has your disability effected you?
Socially lack of confidence when in a crowd of people find it tricky to assert myself at times body Language hard to read etc,
Mentally have good days and bad can be terribly frustrating trying to do simple things.
Do you think your disability has made you who you are today?
Probably i’ve had to come out of my shell a bit to get the help and support i’ve needed to cope in life.
Is there a particular question you get asked often because of your disability?
How much can you see?
Do you want a Guide Dog?
Is there any chance you might get your sight back?
What are the positives of having a disability?
Close community of people who instantly understand where you’re coming from.
What are the negatives of having a disability?
Social stigma the media and governments line on disabled people being scroungers even if we’re not.
What would you say is a difficulty for you being VI / disabled?
dating as a person with a disability.
What are the things you face on a daily / weekly basis that frustrate you?
At home i find cooking tricky measuring amounts of items, and out and about i’d say cars parked on pavements and street furniture being in awkward places.
Are there any tips or tricks you use in daily life you’d like to pass on to another VI/ disabled person?
defo get a note detector; this has most likely saved me being short changed many a time now.
Do you use Assistive technology in your daily living?
jaws for windows on my PC and i phone with voice over on.
What piece of advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed? Or going through a deterioration in vision / or mobility?
What you are feeling right now is completely understandable and no one is blaming you for feeling down. But there is help and supportive people out there its just finding it
Any advice you’d like to give to a person with sight / no disabilities?
treat us normally: ask us what we’d need, if anything. If not, respect our wishes.
Did you seek out any specialist services / charities to help you and your family deal with your situation?
I attended the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, i also attend a social group ran by Hertfordshire society for the blind called: Sight Life, in Wellen Garden City every week.
Where can people find you out in the world?
Anything you’d like to add my lovely?
Always happy to meet and chat to anyone who wishes to talk, talking is very important to support each other in hard times.
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Thank you so much Mark, for being my first willing victim 😉 I hope it wasn’t too torturous!
Thank you for sharing your story with us, it was interesting to read, and insightful also 🙂
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Don’t forget to keep an eye out every 1st and 15th of the Month to hear a/read the newest interview!
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Much love, Sassy x