Post date: 
Monday, 10 December 2018
A table with a book, a pot of crayons and an apple on it in front of a blackboard

“I’m pleased things are so different today.”

I lost my sight in 1965 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. I was 10 at the time, and after a lengthy stay in hospital, I started my first year at secondary school. My parents decided I should attend a mainstream school rather than one for blind children, where I would have received a lot more help. I attended a large school where I was the only one with a disability. Although everyone was aware of my sight loss, I received no help whatsoever. No large print, no braille, no magnifying glass, no assistance, and of course no talking aids at the time. I struggled to see the blackboard and often had to stay behind after class to copy everything down. Life was hard for me and I was often teased, but I guess it taught me to cope with life in the sighted world. I’m pleased things are so different today.

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