I had a good friend whose mum worked at Apple. She had taught my friend and me how to make videos, which was something we enjoyed doing – I, therefore, decided I would make an awareness video to show the teachers who were letting me down on a daily basis – I made two, and that was just the beginning, the videos had me nominated as Sense’s “Young Deafblind Person of the Year 2010” the videos were circulated and are now used here and around the world in training those working with people with deafblindness and those videos won me that award, I was very proud.
Thereafter I was asked to present at the AGMs of Berkshire County Blind Society and thereafter, RP Fighting Blindness, where I presented to over 200 people each time – the more I presented, the better I felt about myself and the usher community.
I feel my outgoing personality is down to my parents but in the main my mum, and that this is my gift to those living with usher syndrome; I want to raise awareness as much as possible, understanding is key to people like myself getting with their lives.
Usher is just a part of me; it challenges me, but I am Molly and always up for a challenge. I will try most things; I will be in charge of limitations.
Whilst I hate usher syndrome, I refuse to allow it to take over my life, so I will just get on as best I can and hope to make a difference.
I see myself as a mainstream person. I tried “specialist school”, and in my opinion, it is far better to be in the mainstream, with good support. I have experienced terrible support and very good.
The best has come from my primary school – mainstream; and my college – mainstream. I see myself as a very balanced person, and I fit in; to me, that is what life is all about.
I have been Molly with hearing aids; Molly with hearing aids and glasses; deaf Molly, blind Molly, and deafblind Molly. Usher Molly, Molly with the guide dog to all who know me well; I might be all of those things, but in the main, I am just Molly.
To read about Molly Watt’s inspirational speech at terptree’s communication professionals event, CLICK HERE