Josh's Story

Josh was was born prematurely at 32 weeks and developed retinopathy of prematurity due to too much oxygen in his incubator. He has never been able to see out of his right eye but did have some sight in his left eye, until Year 8, when he lost most of his remaining vision overnight.

Josh is now studying for his GCSEs as well as preparing for school trips to Iceland and Costa Rica/Nicaragua. He recently completed a week's work experience in London and one of the things he wanted to achieve during his work experience was travelling to and from London independently.

He worked with a Mobility Instructor beforehand to become familiar with his route to London, and, in turn, become more confident and happy to navigate his way through the commuter crowds of London.

Josh explains, "It was a great experience. To be honest, I think it was more nerve-wracking for my Mum than for me. It was nice for me to do my own thing and rely on my mobility skills rather than on my Mum".

What's Josh's advice for other young people with sight loss looking to gain independence? "Firstly, make sure you've got some mobility training and then - go for it! Don't hold back. You'll need to gain independence one day so why not make it now?"