This is the story of Paul, 33, who lives in Swansea and who learnt with UCanDoIT:
“I live in Swansea with my mother, who is also visually impaired; I felt it was vital for both of us that I gained greater independence, through what a computer can offer to a disabled person. When I first signed up to do the UCanDoIT course, I only had basic computer knowledge learnt with the aid of a screen reader called Jaws.
During the course, I found myself gaining more confidence with each passing lesson, and learning skills that I never imagined I would master such as surfing the internet, shopping online, emailing, and instant messaging, which I use daily to keep in touch with my friends all over the world. I have also joined forums for the Blind, including TAFN, where I have found a community of new friends.
My main passion in life is music, and I was thrilled that even this was enriched by my experiences with UCanDoIT. I learnt how to copy and edit my music and how to purchase new music online, but the main area of change for me, is in employment. Since completing the course, I have now acquired a part time job on a community radio station, which is a dream come true, as it enables me to exploit my passion for music, as well as using all my new computer skills to communicate with colleagues.
I can honestly say that I don’t know how I coped without my new computer skills. Using my computer is now a vital part of my daily ritual and I would encourage anyone with a disability to do the course. Thank you UCanDoIT and my tutor Trina for everything you’ve given me!”