Condition: Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
1. What is your profession and why did you decide to choose this field?
I am an Assistive Technology Advisor, Blogger, and Freelance Writer, so I do quite a few things! I have wanted to work within the Disability Sector for many years. My role as an Assistive Technology Advisor combines many of my passions including assistive technology, accessibility, and the chance to help others. I didn’t specifically want to work within the field of assistive technology, but I love all things technology so when I saw the job advertised, I decided to apply and I’m so glad I did. In terms of my work as a blogger, I started my blog 'Life of a Blind Girl' in 2015 to raise awareness of vision impairment and disability, tackle the misconceptions and stigmas, and help others. My blog has grown over the years, I never could have imagined where I'd be today because of it. It has given me so many opportunities such as the chance to get involved in campaigns, do radio interviews, and write for various publications. My work as a Freelance Writer came through my blog, and it is an extension of that. All of my roles have a link within the disability sector in one way or another, and this is something I hopefully plan on extending even further in the future.
2. What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
The most rewarding thing about what I do is helping others. Receiving messages from people saying that my writing has helped them in some way, or seeing the difference technology can make is so rewarding. It gives me so much joy. It is a constant reminder of why I’m so passionate about helping others.
3. What is your advice to all the other VIPs around the world who don’t believe they can be successful in the area of their interest because of their disability?
Don’t let your vision impairment stop you from achieving. You may need adaptions or support, but see that as something positive, and a way of enabling you to do the things you want to. We all face hurdles and obstacles, but you will get through them. Always believe in yourself and your abilities. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because of your vision impairment. You will meet people that just don’t get it, but prove those people wrong! Know that your disability doesn't have to be an obstacle for success and that you can get to where you want to be.