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Meet Our Scholarship Recipient Ming Luo

One of this year's scholarship recipients is 20 year old Ming Luo from Western Australia. Ming is studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia. We asked Ming about her goals and how she would use the scholarship funding. Did you vision loss contribute to your decision to study a Bachelor of…

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My NDIS Experience

I have now had my NDIS plan for 3 months, and I've been meaning to reflect on the process and share what I've learnt. I had anticipated the rollout in my area for some time as there were many services I wanted to access but simply couldn't afford it. Here's the main parts of the…

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An Experience Participating in a Clinical Trial

There are a variety of clinical trials taking place worldwide specifically for visual conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macula Degeneration and Stargardt's Disease. Participating in a trial can be a difficult decision and comes with risks that need to be carefully considered. One such clinical trial taking place on people with Stargardt's Disease in the…

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Gift of a Guide: A Year On

Another milestone has come and gone; Lacey and I have been a team for a year now. As the day crept upon us, I really couldn’t believe it had been a year since she came into my life, but then again she has become such a part of not just my life but my family…

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What it is like to look in the mirror and see nothing

No, the title of this post isn’t a metaphor, it is literal. When I look in the mirror, I see nothing. I can’t see my own face. Growing up, I went through an awkward stage when I was uncomfortable with my body and the way I looked. I grew up a dancer and spent hours…

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When your learning style no longer works

Have you ever considered what learning style you might have? I never really thought about it until it came up in a counselling module I was completing. Then it got me thinking; I am a clear visual learner, how am I managing to study now that I am legally blind? What are the different learning…

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From Puppy to Guide: Meeting Lacey’s Puppy Raiser

How does a cute, fluffy puppy end up acting as a person's guide? The process is much longer and involves many more people than you would expect. I always knew there was a long process a puppy goes through to become a Guide Dog, but I wan't aware of the details. When I was asked…

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Life with a Guide: Six Months On

Can you believe six months has already past since I first wrote about getting my Guide Dog, Lacey? Well I certainly can't. Even though it feels like Lacey has been part of our family for as long as I can remember, the past few months have flown. Image: Giving Lacey directions walking down a street.…

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The Ups and Downs of Guide Dog Training

Image: Lacey and I with the statue Guide Dog. I am almost at the end of my training with my new Guide Dog Lacey. We did three 'full-time' weeks and have one more day left before we graduate as a team! It has been an exciting, stressful, tiring, frustrating and rewarding few weeks. Week one…

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Day 1 of Guide Dog Training

What. A. Day. I don't think I've had a day where I have experienced so many emotions in such a short period of time. I'll start at the beginning. I had a sleepless night; I was anxious about the day ahead. I couldn't really put my finger on why my belly was churning and my chest…

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