An Interview with Glen Well Eye Never (Guest Blog Post #3)

Hi Everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend Glen. He is the fantastic blogger and YouTuber who runs Well Eye Never. Many thanks to Glen for allowing me to interview him and for allowing him to interview me in return. Don’t forget to check out his website 🙂

  1. What is your name?
    Glen Turner
  2. Age?
    In a few days time I’ll be 35 years old.
  3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?
    My parents also have sight loss like myself, and have always encouraged and supported me to achieve whatever I want to do. At the school for the visually impaired I went to, the teachers there were also very supportive and really helped me to grow in confidence. My friends also mean a lot to me and inspire me, of course. And the blogging community has been so welcoming and supportive of my efforts since I started doing this. It’s great to see that so many people want to work together with others, and aren’t just in it for themselves.
  4. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
    I like going out and about a lot, to see theatre shows and museum exhibitions, take part in quiz and game nights, go for walks and socialise with my friends. While at home I enjoy listening to a lot of music, podcasts and audiobooks, and watching TV and films.
  5. Name a bad habit that you have?
    Not exercising as much as I should. Walking’s great and important in itself, and I eat well, so I’m not particularly unhealthy. But I would like to get fitter, and I could do with something like a gym buddy to give me the help and motivation to do that.
  6. Name your best quality?
    I’m friendly and kind, I like to help others, and I have a positive attitude to life. There can of course be occasional frustrations because of my disability, but I very rarely get angry or really upset about things, because I don’t like feeling negative.
  7. If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
    I could pick loads. But from the music world it would have to be Freddie Mercury, because I’m a huge fan of Queen and Freddie was an amazing man, taken from us far too early. I could talk to him forever about the songs he wrote and performed with the band and in his solo career, and about his early life in Zanzibar and India. He had a great personality and sense of humour, so he wouldn’t be boring. And from TV, I’d love to interview David Jason about his life and work, as I love his comedy shows in particular, especially Only Fools And Horses. He’s such a genuine, down to earth, clever, funny gentleman, so it would be absolutely fascinating to chat to him.
  8. What is your college major/Minor?
    At college I got A-Levels in Maths, Information Technology (i.e. computers) and Economics.
  9. What school (college or university) did you go to?
    I went to the University of Exeter after leaving college, where I got a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Accounting & Finance.
  10. What is the title of your blog?
    My blog’s called Well Eye Never. It took me a while to think of a name that felt unique, and I wasn’t sure if it would work to begin with. But it’s actually caught on really well and people seem to like the play on words. So I’m very happy with it and have no intention of changing it.
  11. When and why did you start your blog?
    I’d never really used social media much in the past. But when I was preparing to move to London, I started exploring online to see the best accounts I could follow for news and events, and useful ways to make connections with other visually impaired people. That was when I was discovered the disabled blogging community, and the more I explored, the more tempted I was to get involved. So eventually I did, and I’m very glad I did. I’m really enjoying raising awareness of my visual impairment, discussing disability in general, sharing the adventures I have in London, and talking about other stuff that I enjoy, because people have responded so well to it.
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    I’ll be 40 then, wow. I’ll still be in London, still exploring the city and still enjoying myself. I have no plans to leave the city, I love it here, as there’s always so much to see and do. Hopefully I’ll be settled down with a partner by then as well. It’s possible I might look for a new job in that time too, but I’m not sure yet.
  13. What is the name/cause of your visual impairment?
    I have Aniridia, which means I don’t have an iris (the coloured circle around the pupil) in my eye. The iris is a muscle that controls the size of the pupil, to regulate the amount of light coming into your eye. So without it, I cannot easily adjust to changes in light. I do adjust a little bit, but it’s not very much and it happens very slowly. So I’m very sensitive to glare when I go out, even if it’s not sunny, and I find it harder to see in the dark. I also have Nystagmus, which means my eyes shake and wobble involuntarily all the time. So I can’t focus on things that are small or at a distance – they have to be large or close-up instead.
  14. How does your visual impairment affect you on a daily basis?
    I have to wear green tinted sunglasses when I’m out in the daytime, even if it’s not sunny, because they help to reduce the glare a lot. And when I use my computer or iPhone, I invert the colours to have the screen in negative mode. That way, the background is black, so there’s no glare, and the white text on top stands out very clearly Also, when I’m outdoors I can’t see signs, street names, train departure boards, museum object labels, what’s happening on the stage in the theatre, etc. But I get around that by using a small telescope called a monocular, and at the theatre and museums I can get audio description and touch tours too. It can also be hard to find and navigate unfamiliar places, but apps like Citymapper and Google Maps really help there, while other apps like Seeing AI can help me to read things if need be. Technology has really helped me to be more independent, it’s amazing.
  15. What do other people feel about your visual impairment?
    Members of the public often don’t notice it, because I don’t use a cane or a guide dog, as I feel I can see well enough not to need them. But people are generally happy to help if I need to ask them for it. My work colleagues were a bit unsure about how to interact with me when we first met, and were worried about saying anything that might offend me, as they weren’t used to having a visually impaired person around. And they weren’t sure how much I would be able to do in terms of the work. But very quickly, as I settled in and they got to know my personality and capabilities, they realized I was basically just like them and they didn’t need to worry, so they relaxed around me very quickly.
  16. If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment (or other disability that you may have) what would it be?

Don’t assume you can’t do things, because you’re capable of far more than you realise. You can do almost anything that anyone else can, with a bit of help if need be from technology or other people. So don’t be afraid to try new things, take up opportunities and pursue your dreams. It’s entirely possible to live a successful and happy life with sight loss.

Where can other people find you on Social media? (Please list and provide links)

Blog – https://welleyenever.com/

YouTube – https://youtube.com/c/WellEyeNever

Twitter – https://twitter.com/well_eye_never

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/welleyenever/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/welleyenever/

 

An Interview with Carol The Invisible Vision Project (Guest Blog Post #2)

Hi everyone, I got the pleasure of interviewing my friend Carol. She is a fantastic blogger who runs The Invisible Vision Project. Many thanks to Carol for allowing me to interview here and for her featuring my interview on her website. Don’t forget to check out her website 🙂

  1. What is your name?
    My name is Xin (Carol) Sun
  2. Age?
    I am 28 years old.
  3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?
    My guidance and teachers (sometimes, I call them my positive team members in life) have been the core inspirations and supporters in my life and in my work as an activist and a blogger.
  4. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
    In my spare time, I love to read, listen to music and watch Japanese anime & TV shows.
  5. Name a bad habit that you have?
    I have a quick temper and I can be impatient sometimes.
  6. Name your best quality?
    I am caring, considerate, and reliable. I am also very organized-I like to plan things out before doing them.
  7. If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
    I don’t think I have anyone (living or dead) that I would like to interview. I just haven’t really thought about it at all.
  8. What is your college major/Minor?
    My major is in Gender Studies. I don’t have a minor but, I do have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
  9. What school (college or university) did you go to?
    I am an undergraduate student at Queen’s University
  10. What is the title of your blog?
    The title of my blog is called The Invisible Vision Project
  11. When and why did you start your blog?
    I started blogging since April 2016. The intention of my blog is share my story and, to raise awareness on issues of Accessibility, Disability, Gender, Mental Health and Social Justice.
  12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    This is a tough question. But I think, I can see myself living a life of having a manageable and stable career, that is, working as a motivational speaker and a disability and social justice activist.
  13. What is the name/cause of your visual impairment?
    I have several eye conditions but one of which is an eye condition called Degenerative Myopia.
  14. How does your visual impairment effect you on a daily basic?

Despite that I can see objects close to me but things in the distance are very blurry. Also, my night vision is significantly impaired, more so than my day vision. Fortunately, I can manage daily life just fine, provided I use my assistive technologies/equipment.

  1. What do other people feel about your visual impairment?
    For the most part, people around me feel OK about me my visual impairment. I didn’t lose any friends because I have a disability or that I am visually impaired. Also, people around me generally try to be helpful when they see me struggling or needing a hand.
  2. If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment what would it be?
    Don’t let your visual impairment define you. You are stronger than you think!

Where can other people find you on Social media (Please list and provide links)

 

Blog: https://theinvisiblevisionproject.com/

E-mail: theinvisiblevisionproject@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theinvisiblevisionproject/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theinvisiblevisionproject/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tivp_official

 

 

An Interview with Chelsey VIBlindResources (Guest Blog Post)

  1. What is your name?

I’m Chelsey Zumpano and I created a website, YouTube channel and various social medias to prove that we as visual impaired and blind people can do anything and to provide resources for our community.

  1. Age?

I’m 22 and will be 23 in August.

3. Who has inspired you the most in life and your blogging?

I am inspired by the author Rick Riordan because he touches lives with his diverse characters and shows that it’s okay to be yourself, and YouTuber Joy Ross because she shows me how independent I can become.

4. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Besides writing in my spare time I like to draw, read, (i’m a huge bookworm), hang out with my animals, hang out with my family, and make YouTube videos.

  1. Name a bad habit that you have?

I have a bad habit of not drinking enough water.

  1. Name your best quality?

I would have to say that one of my best qualities is that I am an open-minded person and that I don’t judge people.

  1. If you could interview anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

If I could interview one dead person it would have to be Edgar Allan Poe because I would like to know some of the thought processes behind his poems. A person that I would like to interview that is alive would be Joy Ross because I believe she is a great role model and more people need to see her story.

  1. What is your college major/Minor?

My major is early child education because I want to become an occupational therapist. I’m also thinking of majoring in journalism because the other night I was watching this TV show called “The Bold Type” and they are all journalists and watching them made me think, “I want to do that and that’s what I’m pretty much doing on my blog right now.”  I have two majors now.

  1. What school (college or university) did you go to?

I’m going to be starting college in the fall at my local community college.

  1. What is the title of your blog?

The title of my blog is VIBlindResources.

  1. When and why did you start your blog?

I started VIBlindResources nine months ago and I created it because I want to help people and to show that you are never alone!

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I hope to see myself as a published author, having a guide dog, dating or in a serious relationship, having a bigger following on VIBlindResources, and having a job as an occupational therapist.

  1. What is the name/cause of your visual impairment?

My visual impairment is called retinopathy of prematurity, I have a detached retina in my right eye and a partially detached retina in my left, so I have zero vision in my right eye and low vision in my left and you can learn about how it was for me growing up with it by reading “My True Experience Growing Up Visionally Impaired

  1.  How does your visual impairment effect you on a daily basis?   Some ways my visional impairment affects me on a daily basis are light sensitivity, (so I wear sunglasses when I’m going in and out), i’ll get migraines easier if I’m on my iPad for too long, I navigate with a cane, I read braille. If you want to see what my day to day life is like watch: The VIBlind experience and vlogs.  
  2. What do other people feel about your visual impairment?

My family treats me the same as my siblings and my friends treat me  how they do any other friend.

  1. If you had to give one piece of advice to others about having a visual impairment what would it be?

My advice to those who are visually impaired or blind is that your disability does not define you, so remember that we are all made up of multiple parts and we can do anything we set our mind to!

Where can other people find you on Social media (Please list and provide links)

If you like to be featured on VIBlindResources please email me at: viblindresorces@gmail.com

Website: https://viblindresources.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtorb__ooFW8Ytk7ZbucVyg

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/viblind/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/viblindresources

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/viblind

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/viblindresourc.