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Members & Parents Comments

Eleanor, joined aged 8

“The main thing I have gained from UCAN is confidence – to accept my visual impairment and not feel like I have to hide it or worry about it because I’ve done so much despite my visual impairment.”

Megan J, joined aged 12

“I’ve had the experience of acting and recording through UCAN but it’s opened up so many more options.  With the experience you have in UCAN you’re able to do anything you want to do.  You don’t need to do UCAN just to do drama; you could come to UCAN and become a lawyer.  Just because it’s given you that extra edge and that confidence to believe in what you want to do.”

Jake, joined aged 12

“It’s nice to be around other visually impaired people, because I find it’s nice to be around people who you have a connection like that with because you can just laugh about it – you don’t feel different.”

Mared, joined aged 10

“What amazes me is the amount of time we actually spend talking about our visual impairment to each other.  It’s hardly ever mentioned – not because we don’t like to talk about it just because we don’t find it necessary to talk about it and we get on with each other as friends despite anything anyway that you are automatically in sync with one another because you have that impairment.  You find it easy to get along because there’s someone there that understands you”.

Annie, parent of UCAN member

“As the parent of a VI child I can tell you that there is very very little available which not only provides opportunities but also inclusion, and that is why we feel so grateful for UCAN and the outstanding hard work they have put into giving our children opportunities and experiences which are otherwise unavailable to them.”

Lucy, parent of UCAN member

“That first session saw Sophie being welcomed by a beautiful group of young people, quite different from how I thought UCAN would be, I am afraid that even with a child with VI I had my preconceptions. Sophie was fascinated by the activities and for the first time I saw that her Visual Impairment wouldn’t mean she was unable to do the things she enjoyed and the sense of YOU CAN was obvious.”

Julia, parent of UCAN member

“I see UCAN as a group that has allowed my child to grow in a way that is not hindered by other people’s perceptions, in an environment that is encouraging and non judgmental, that has allowed her to be herself, and has let her see the endless opportunities that are available to her in the future. It has provided a lifeline for us both and it feels like we are now part of a big extended family.”