John supports Deafblind Awareness Week

Thursday, 15 June 2017

John supports Deafblind Awareness Week thumbnailJohn Nichol receiving a trophy after securing second place at the British Blind Indoor Archery Championships

DEAFBLIND archer John Nichol is sharing his story to support Deafblind Awareness week which runs from June 16 to July 2.
Combined sight and hearing loss is more common than people think with an estimated 394,000 people now considered to be affected by dual sensory loss.
During this time, Deafblind NI and other charities aim to raise awareness of people like John who are living with dual sensory loss.
John, who lives in Ballymoney, was born deaf and started losing his sight when he was 19, after being diagnosed with Usher Syndrome.
This is a disorder that, among other things, causes the progressive degeneration of the retina.
Today he is left with very little sight and no hearing. He communicates through 'hands on BSL;' a form of British Sign Language which involves the listener placing their hands on top of the communicator's hands to feel the signs.


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