In 2015, Holly started her blog, lifeofablindgirl.com. As the name suggests, it covers Holly’s day-to-day life as well as a variety of topics relating to sight loss and disability, like education, assistive technology, beauty and lifestyle. Needless to say, the blog is fully accessible for assistive technology users.
Holly’s particular eye condition is Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), due to being born prematurely. One of her aims of the blog is to educate people about the spectrum of visual impairment. Holly shares her own experiences and works to tackle common misconceptions and stigmas around sight loss and disability, showing non-disabled audiences that disability shouldn’t limit a person.
Another aim is for the blog to be a resource for other people with sight loss or other disabilities. Holly shares things she’s learned, from life hacks to pep talks, as well as tips on assistive technology, apps and services.
She says: “I share my experiences of living with a visual impairment to try and help others in the same or similar situation, to encourage them to face this predominantly sighted world no matter what life throws at them.”
Holly went to university, where she studied children, young people and families. Originally she was aiming to be a teacher, but that has evolved into the aim of working in the disability sector: she now works at a university as an assistive technology officer.
Holly volunteers with the Royal National Institute of Blind People and has volunteered with LOOK-UK and other charities, both local and national. She has written guest blogs and posts for Royal Society for Blind Children, RNIB, Scope, Ability Superstore, Seable, RightHear and others, and has been featured and interviewed in many more. This year Holly has also started a YouTube channel, for which she edits her own videos using a screen-reader.
Find out more about Holly here: https://lifeofablindgirl.com/