Can you imagine how you’d feel being told you’ll never see again?
Today, Emily’s left eye has a single, small area of blurry vision. When Emily looks at a family member or friend, she can just make out their silhouette. Her right eye has no useful vision at all.
“I went through denial, anger, sadness – all the stages of grief. There have been lots of sad moments, such as realising I’d never see New Year’s Eve fireworks again, or learn to drive like my friends.”
As time went on, Emily began to accept that her vision was not going to return. She received extra support at school, learned to use assistive technology and began to look forward to a future where she dreamt of working to support young people facing similar challenges.
The specialist team at Guide Dogs, both in the Northern Territory and South Australia, has supported Emily with Orientation & Mobility training, helping Emily to safely travel around her local community independently.
For someone with vision loss, it’s essential that they develop skills to allow them to learn how to travel independently and safely, including crossing roads safely.
Emily’s latest challenge has been adjusting to her new environment in Adelaide, ensuring she can be independent at university and find her way around her new city.
Thanks to the generosity of Guide Dogs supporters, Emily is receiving intensive Orientation and Mobility training to support her through her transition to Adelaide, enabling her to independently navigate the university campus, safely catch public transport and enjoy the next phase of her life with confidence.