First-hand experience is invaluable to parents and carers raising a child with a visual impairment.
To help you access this information, we have collated a list of online blogs written by young people living with a visual impairment. We hope you enjoy following their blogs as much as we do!
Holly Tuke: Life of a blind Girl
“I created Life of a Blind Girl in 2015 as a way of sharing my experiences of living with a visual impairment in a predominantly sighted world. Over the last few years it has evolved and has become so much more than that. It is not just my hobby anymore, it is a huge part of my life. Over the last four years I have written guest posts for various charities and organisations, and have also been involved in some wonderful campaigns.
I have been interviewed twice on RNIB Connect Radio, I have also appeared on BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Leeds. I was featured in the Yorkshire Post discussing all things vision impairment and blogging, as well as tackling some of the common misconceptions on sight loss and disability.”
Elin Williams: My Blurred World
“My Blurred World was established in 2015 and has evolved in so many ways since then. What began as a platform with a focus on accessible beauty has now expanded to talk about a wide range of topics. The range from concert experiences to positivity and the experiences I have as a visually impaired person in a predominantly sighted world. So, expect to find many honest posts on my experiences as a vision impaired person in a world which wasn’t designed for those who can’t see.
I don’t gloss over any of the difficulties that come alongside life with a disability. However I do try to focus on the positives and prove that it is possible to live a happy and fulfilling life despite sight loss. Hopefully you’ll find some words that you can relate to here on my blog. I’m hoping you’ll laugh along with me when I write about some of the strange and funny experiences I have to share.”
Holly Scott-Gardner: Catch these words
“Holly Scott-Gardner is a blind activist and campaigner who uses social media to change how people talk about blindness. She also offers sensitivity reading for authors who are writing a blind character and provides disability inclusion training for businesses. The ability to self-advocate is at the centre of her work. In response to this she has developed an advocacy training programme for young disabled people.
She is the voice behind Working Blind, a podcast where she interviews blind people about their careers, showing that blindness need not prevent you from working in the field you love.
Holly’s work as a campaigner and public speaker has taken her across the world, including speaking at Westminster, the European Parliament and at conferences and events in the United States.”
Molly Burke: Molly Burke Official
“At just four-years‐old, Molly Burke’s world became a little bit darker. She was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare retinal disease causing loss of vision. Despite this and the ensuing obstacles and hardships she faced, it wasn’t long before she began bringing light into the lives of others. Molly began public speaking at the age of five as an ambassador for Fighting Blindness Canada. Since then, she has inspired millions with her story.
Over the years, as Molly’s vision deteriorated, her confidence and optimism only strengthened; but not without struggle or adversity. As a student she was tormented by bullies, and struggled with depression and anxiety. It wasn’t until she found the strength to face her challenges, and the courage to reach out to others, that she came to find her purpose – bringing hope to others.
As a motivational speaker, Molly has travelled the world sharing her story with youth, families and corporate organisations. She has spoken on stages across North America and the UK in front of audiences as large as 20,000. Molly has shared stages with some of entertainments biggest names; Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen and Magic Johnson, to name a few. She has collaborated with activist like Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and the Kielburger brothers.”
Emily Davidson: Fashioneysta
“I founded Fashioneyesta in July 2012 with the aim of challenging people’s perceptions of sight loss through my love of fashion, beauty and style. It is a blog that aims to make fashion accessible and inclusive for people with sight loss and other disabilities, whilst tackling the stigma surrounding sight loss.
When I was born I was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia, a condition that affects my endocrine system and my vision. I am registered as Severely Sight Impaired with no sight in my right eye and limited vision with my left. I also have Nystagmus which is a condition which causes my eyes to move involuntarily.”
Sassy: Thinking out Loud
“I’m Sassy, 28 and been totally blind for just over 6 years now. I live near London with my handsome and hilarious fiancé Grant and our gorgeous Guide Dog Ida! When we’re not taking our cheeky pup for long walks in the countryside, we can be found planning our next adventure! I’m a disability and lifestyle blogger intent on raising awareness of all disabilities, including invisible and mental illness.”
Harriet’s Blind Kitchen
“My name is Harriet and I am interested in eating healthy food, and also enjoy exercising regularly. The aim of my blog is to post simple, healthy recipes with up to five ingredients that visually impaired people can cook easily, whatever their ability. I’ll also throw in some interesting health facts along the way about why the food is good for you.”
Nanjiba Misbah: My Eye My Way
“I’m a visually impaired young adult who’s graduated from university with a 2.1 in a BA Sociology degree. I currently work as a Project Assistant at the RNIB. This blog is about how I live my life and is sort of an eye opener for people who want to know what it’s like living with sight-loss.
On this blog I write about my life, my experiences and my thoughts on things that happen around me. Lately I’ve been writing about what it’s like being visually impaired, my life as a student, outings I’ve been on and a few other things too. I hope you enjoy my posts.”
Khafsa Ghulam: This Blind Hijabi Can
“The title for my blog is basically something that was shaped by a couple of friends when we were talking about my various rants on social media. As I am blind and a Hijabi who is generally able to advocate for herself quite effectively, I decided to go with the title ‘This Blind Hijabi Can’. Does it sound similar to ‘this girl can?’ – that’s because it is supposed to!”
Kirsty D Major: Unseen Beauty
“The name “unseen beauty” came about because the blog is written from the perspective of someone who can’t see, and beauty products will be a regular feature. This is why you won’t find a lot of images on this blog – I can’t see to take my own photos – but I can certainly tell you what I think, like, dislike, would definitely recommend or never buy again! Where possible I’ll link products so that you can have a look at them if you want to.”
“A recent graduate of a masters in digital marketing, Alex wants to make the web a more inclusive and accessible place through blind awareness blog posts, tutorials, tech articles, user testing and product design.
Alex is currently working for RSBC as their Assistive Technology Officer. He trains children and young people on the usage of technology so they can live a more independent life. With a background in Creative Writing, he can promise that the content on here will be fun and engaging.”
Glen: Well Eye Never
“My name is Glen, and I am a visually impaired blogger and Youtuber based in London. I post about my experiences as a disabled person, my adventures and discoveries in London and beyond, and other things that I enjoy. I have 2 eye conditions – Aniridia and Nystagmus. I’ve had them since birth, so my vision seems normal to me, and they haven’t stopped me living a full and happy life.”
Bold Blind Beauty
“Created by style blogger Stephanae McCoy, Bold Blind Beauty empowers blind women interested in beauty, fashion, and style. In addition, the site also connects blind and sighted people to change the way we perceive blindness.”
Our Blind Life
“We are Kevin and Diana, a blind couple in a long distance relationship. We love to read, to test websites and applications, to write, to watch movies, to help others and to promote the products that can be used by sighted and blind people.”
Luke Sam Snowden
“I’m Luke, a visually impaired guy from Bradford, who likes to ramble about everything and everything all over the internet. I also use a coloured mobility cane, so if you ever see a picture of me with something strange attached to my wrist, don’t worry, it’s just my red cane, hah!”