Steve, 32, from Hounslow who learnt with UCanDoIT:
“In 2006 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent an operation. During the operation my sight was affected badly and in 2007 I lost my sight. I am now registered blind. Now doctors say that my sight may get better, but at the moment I am relying on screen readers to work on my computer.
Social services in the local council and the Sensory Team have been wonderful. They put me in touch with UCanDoIT. I received lots of help from Cayling Day Centre in Feltham, Middlesex as well. They provided for me Talking Newspapers on CDs and I am receiving them regularly.
I am unable to work right now, still having hospital appointments and doctors performing various tests and procedures. But my aim is to get back to work, and my computer training is very important for me.
The UCanDoIT course was a wonderful opportunity for me to get a wider insight of what a blind person can do on a computer. My parents bought me Guide software. Later during the course with my tutor we downloaded and installed Jaws, which helped me more effectively to browse web pages. All I can say is that I’d recommend the UCanDoIT course to anyone in my situation; it’s wonderful to have a personal tutor at home and practise at your pace and abilities.”