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Independence and impairment: the fight for survival

I have expressed the need for a greater understanding of the psychological aspects of sight loss many a time - or any other restrictive impairment for that matter. Sadly, my efforts have failed to yield the inclusion of emotional or psychological support services for those with such impairments and on a recent trip abroad I was reminded of why it isn't only the practical aspects of disability that matter.

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Ageing and disability: Independence, dignity and freedom of choice

As I have been working with Government on eAccessibility, which focuses primarily on considering the needs of older and disabled people, maintaining as much independence as possible is the principal goal and this goal is a constant, irrespective of the underlying cause of the loss of independence. It is something that I understand all too well and think about more than I care to admit.

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Why am I so nauseatingly upbeat, positive and optimistic?

My life is never short of drama; whether I subconsciously seek it out or it is my legendary anti-Midas touch that brings it to me, life is quite a spectacular struggle. I am pretty certain that I could reduce my oversized share of tussles if I played by the rules, but that is not going to happen anytime soon.

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Driving Blind

I didn't start losing my sight until I was in my 20's, so as a standard rite of passage for a Torontonian teenager, when I was 16, I got my driver's license. But unlike a lot of females who see driving as a mechanism to get from A to B and not something that involves pleasure, I was the quintessential boy racer. I loved driving and I loved driving fast.

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Disability and independence. Finding the strength to make the right choices

We all make choices in life, some good, some bad and some indifferent, but whatever our circumstances, by being human beings, we are constantly making decisions that affect our lives. Now, I am not suggesting that our circumstances are always a direct result of the decisions we make, as the only thing that caused my blindness is biology, but I do know that wherever you may find yourself right now, the decisions and choices you make from here on in will influence where you are going and how you will get there.

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How a blind, resourceful and respectful girl creates opportunities

When I was in Toronto visiting my dad in February, it was mighty cold. After 20 years of London winters, anything sub-zero in daytime is just not on. But Torontonians kept on commenting on what a mild winter it was and thought I was ridiculous with my suitcase full of thermal underwear.

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Living with disability – when age, disability, sight loss, parents and children come together

My dad will be 83 this year and like most people his age, he has had some health issues, but until now, these have either been curable, treatable or manageable and have allowed him to lead a full and independent life with the unspoken motto 'Have golf clubs. Will travel'. But disability has arrived at his door and he is, amazingly, quite graciously accepting of it.

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Losing your sight and maintaining independence is hard work, but it is worth the effort

I do understand why some people just give up the ghost when living with sight loss. It would be so easy to not bother, to sit back and let other people do things for you, to not drag your sorry backside into work and face the frustrations and challenges that life throws at you. I really do understand why such a high majority of visually impaired people are unemployed. It seems like the easier route, but it is not.

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