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Zoe stnds with her Guide Dog, Lucky in front of a stream whilst on a walk

Zoe with her Guide Dog, Lucky.

Zoe is 35 years old and lives with her husband and two young sons. She is registered blind with Retinitis Pigmentosa in her right eye; she has an ocular prosthesis in her left.

During the first visit an assessment was carried out. Needs identified included Orientation & Mobility sessions, assistance with application forms for a bus pass, television licence, blue badge and blind person’s tax allowance.

Zoe stated that she was thinking of leaving her job as a recruitment officer because she was struggling at work due to her sight issues. Concerns included difficulty seeing her computer screen and paperwork. Zoe was advised that she could apply for specialist equipment from the Government’s Access to Work scheme. Birmingham Vision supported Zoe through this process and all the necessary equipment has now been supplied which has enabled Zoe to fulfil her job role to its full potential.

Zoe was not very independent and relied on her parents every day to assist her with daily life. For example; taking the boys to and from school, transport to and from her workplace, weekly food shopping and being accompanied to hospital appointments, either for her or her son. Orientation & Mobility sessions were undertaken using a mobility cane along planned routes to work, school, the local supermarket and they also integrated bus travel.

After several sessions under observation, Zoe demonstrated that she was able to navigate the routes independently. Through accomplishing Orientation & Mobility training she has progressed onto owning and using a guide dog named Lucky.

With intervention of a Rehabilitation Programme Zoe now proceeds through life independently.