梅西McAdam

A student who lost her sight suddenly as a teenager overcame the challenges she faced to celebrate her graduation in November 2021. 

 

梅西McAdam

“说实话,即将毕业的感觉令人难以置信,”梅西说, who took to the stage with her guide dog Willow accompanying her. “我为自己所取得的成就感到骄傲. I have so many people to thank, 和 so much to be grateful for.”

梅西, 谁能看到颜色和阴影却看不到细节, became a social media 和 news sensation in 2019 when she took part in a trial project for the BBC using the latest technology to try 和 enhance someone’s sight using special goggles. Her moving reaction to what she could see was filmed 和 went viral.

两年过去了, 完成学位后, she is now working in a specialist college as a Learning Support Assistant. “我真的很喜欢它. 我学到了很多, 和 it is truly wonderful to be able to see the things I learned during my degree working in a real-life setting,”她说. “Watching the achievements of the students 和 recognising the positive pedagogical approaches the university instilled within me working is so fulfilling.”

梅西 would like to return to the University at some stage to study a Master’s, exploring further the development 和 delivery of relationships, sex 和 health education for learners with SEND (Special educational needs 和/or disabilities). 

“除了友谊, 和 the fun times I had outside of the academic side of university, 我有很多很好的机会. 向该领域的专业人士和专家学习, who allow for intelligent 和 open discourse was so valuable. The lecturers are so open to learning themselves 和 are grateful for student input at all stages of the learning process. I was often made to feel like an equal in terms of knowledge, it was never assumed that I knew less just because I was a student.”

梅西 was asked to contribute to a book written by her lecturers on the SENDI course, which is now being used on the essential reading list for future students on the SENDI course. “这是一个巨大的荣幸,非常令人兴奋,”她补充说. 

考虑到她未来的学习, 梅西, who attended the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford, heard about the University from a friend who also studied there who was blind. “She spoke so highly of the support she received from the Disability 和 Dyslexia Service team 和 was so pleased with the Student Union engagement,”梅西说. “Upon further investigation into the Department for Education 和 Inclusion, 我认出了这些神奇的设施, 以及部门员工的专业知识, 和 from that studying at Worcester seemed to me to be the best option. 

“作为一名残疾学生, it was also important to me to choose a university that was easy to navigate, 我不想待在一个压倒性的大城市, 一个很难适应的校园. 伍斯特不仅是一个相对较小的城市, but all the campuses are within easy reach of the halls of residence, 和 the support I was able to have in orientation was fantastic. I never felt as though I was left to manage things on my own, 因为我有视力正常的向导, 流动性, 和 orientation training until I felt comfortable enough to manage the routes on my own.” 

在大学期间, 梅西 had a University-employed note taker who went into lectures with her 和, 感谢残疾基金, technology that allowed her computer to speak what she typed. 在学生宿舍时,她也做了一些调整, including a pen outside providing a litter tray for Willow, 还有微波炉和炊具的触觉标记.

The Covid-19 lockdown came into force as 梅西 was concluding her dissertation proposal. She said: “When everything moved to an online learning platform, I was fearful that my being blind would be a barrier to getting the most from the learning experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all considerations had already been made, 我的记录员仍然远程参加会议, 我仍然可以访问我的每周学术支持导师, 以及我参与的所有牧师服务. 这意味着我从不觉得自己落后了.”

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