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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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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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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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Guide Dog Eve

Tomorrow is the day I meet my first Guide Dog. My emotions are mixed. I'm nervous, excited and scared. There is a lot of planning and work that goes into receiving a Guide Dog and I hope to share my continuing journey with my new dog. This week knowing that I would meet my dog,…

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A Guide Dog Experience

Last week I had an assessment for a Guide Dog. I have been using the cane for some time now (you would know Mr Cane and I have had a rocky relationship if you've been following my blog for a while) and have been considering a Guide Dog for my mobility. Mobility aids are a…

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When to use a mobility aid

A common question that arises amongst people with Stargardt's Disease and other vision impairments is whether I use a cane, a guide dog or neither. The question then  asked is visual acuity, how it helps and why some people use aids and others don't. I've been thinking about this question a lot lately and hope…

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Second chance for Mr Cane

I have been walking a lot more since unwillingly giving up driving. I have grown in confidence with walking alone but I still find road crossing difficult. I'd given the cane the flick because we just weren't getting along. I haven't used it in some months now although there has been a little voice in the…

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