I’m 17 years of age and I come from Offaly, in between Birr and Banagher.
I went to Banagher College, I found it easy but I really wanted to go to Dublin. It has all the resources I want. When I was in sixth class I visited for an assessment and got to see the classes and the houses but I wanted to stay at home a bit longer with my family. Now, I’m ecstatic. Life is good and I’m going to Dublin, to my new house and my new school. ChildVision can make me what I want to be – independent.
I have Bardet-Biedl syndrome, it’s a syndrome I got when I was born. My mum and dad’s genes gave it to me. That leads to autism. My daddy said that eventually my sight would be completely gone. I try not to think about it.
I’m looking forward to horseriding, and looking after the other animals.
I love to cycle, a few months ago I was in the Midlands Tribune because I was riding a tandem bike, a friend of mine from school, William, rode out the front and guided me.
I hope I’m going to learn lots at ChildVision and then just become what I want to be. The one thing that I would love to do is to walk on my own. I’m patient when it comes to my impairment, but I really look forward to learning how to go into town on the bus and go to a concert on my own. I’ve never been to a concert in my life. The thoughts of getting into town, going to a concert and getting back to the house is really exciting to me.
When people ask me what’s ChildVision like I say it’s like Charles Xavier School for the Gifted from X-Men. It’s just really cool.
“I hope I’m going to learn lots at ChildVision and then just become what I want to be. The one thing that I would love to do is to walk on my own.”