Since moving back to Oxfordshire in April I have been wonderfully supported by OAB. It has been great to see first-hand how Nathan, who has a similar degree of blindness to me, copes with everyday life. It has given me confidence and reassurance at what had become a very difficult stage in my life and gave me renewed optimism for the future.
Nathan has helped guide me in the ways of the iPad and iPhone so I can enjoy “reading” audible books, decipher and answer emails, and communicate much more easily. I have started to read Braille and OAB have loaned me a text-to-speech device which enables me to read magazines, books, journals, and interpret diagrams.
OAB has helped me realise that with perseverance and a good level of support, blindness need not be an obstacle to continuing a full and active life. For someone like me, who has had a challenging career, reared a family as a single father, and had previously enjoyed a wide range of hobbies – from singing, to sailing and building a model railway – the relatively sudden onset of sight loss through glaucoma has been a massive blow. OAB is helping me enormously in overcoming a disability that could have blighted my life.
OAB relies on voluntary donations from supporters, so please consider donating this Christmas. OAB offer a uniquely supportive and personalised service to people who might otherwise become isolated and lonely, through the loss of such a vital sense, one which we so often take for granted.
Please consider donating to OAB this Christmas to help continue to provide support and equipment to people like Ian.
You can donate by:
- Using the form below
- Giving us a call on 01865 725 595
- Bank Transfer
- Head to our JustGiving Page here