Sally McEllistrim talks with Robbie Dowdall on adjusting to life after sight loss. Robbie Dowdall is a fighter. He has had to be as his life was thrown into turmoil when he lost his sight at just 18 following an horrific car crash. The 46 year old Tallaght man readily admits that he was full …Read More about Beyond the Darkness
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Along with 10 Irish students, NCBI hosted 11 students from the Spanish organisation ONCE as the second part of an exchange program that began in 2017. We held the event in Ozanam House, Mornington, Co. Meath, the sun even shone the day our Spanish guests arrived! We enjoyed sharing our Irish music, dance, food and …Read More about Student Exchange with ONCE of Spain
This article was written by Hugh Bulfin, Rachel McLaughlin, Tara Ferry and Siobhan Quirke who are 3rd year occupational therapy students from National University Ireland Galway. They are currently completing a project about public transport for people with a visual impairment. It is interesting to read the team’s perspective and conclusions following their study. Studying …Read More about NUIG Students complete project on public transport in Galway
The second annual Aniridia Day takes place today (21st June). This day aims to improve understanding of the rare genetic eye condition aniridia. Aniridia is a disease, present from birth that causes lack of irises (the colour) in the eyes. Without the iris to block out bright lights, people with aniridia find glare and sunshine …Read More about International Vision Impaired Runner Sinead Kane highlights the importance of Aniridia Day
65 Year old Anthony Roche from Cork is so looking forward to participating in the NCBI Camino De Santiago, he has already bought his walking boots! The former Teacher who was born with impaired vision says, “NCBI is a tremendous cause and I am delighted to be in a position to be able to do …Read More about ANTHONY’S BOOTS ARE MEANT FOR WALKING……THE CAMINO!
NCBI students received a workshop from Eric Fitzpatrick of ARK Speaking and Training. The workshop was part of our Pre-Employment Programme in our Rehabilitation and Training Centre. Massive thank you to Eric! Find out more about ARK: https://www.arkspeakingandtraining.com/
“Just because I have a visual impairment doesn’t mean I can’t work”. 30 year old Amanda Murray from Dublin was born with Coloboma, a genetic eye condition which has led to significant blurring of her sight. She has to wear glasses and use magnification aids but is adamant that she can do jobs as well …Read More about “Just Because I Have A Visual Impairment Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Work”
28 year old Christina McCarthy has just received a permanent work contract and is as happy as any other person in the workplace. However, perhaps her happiness is more acute given that her work trajectory has not been plain sailing. Christina has been blind from birth and employment amongst people with sight loss remains stubbornly …Read More about Live, Love, Work!
Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) students from Mullingar Community College recently made a joint presentation to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Crumlin Children’s Hospital following their annual charity event. Beauty Therapy and Childcare students, alongside their teachers, organised a Halloween themed coffee morning and a special charity day commercial salon. This year’s …Read More about Mullingar Community College holds their annual charity event
On Wednesday the 31st of January, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor presented Marianna Watchorn and Peter Moore with the NCBI Bursary award in the National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s Head Office. This is the introductory year of the annual NCBI Bursary award. NCBI is Ireland’s national sight loss agency and recognised …Read More about Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor presents the NCBI Bursary to two students with sight loss