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Friday, 28 June 2013

Exciting terptree annoucement at the end of Deafblind Awareness Week!

So, we are coming to the end of Deafblind Awareness Week 2013 and what a week it has been with plenty of events run all over the UK and two more activities today.

Here at terptree HQ, we have been thinking about ways in which we can get involved - read on for our EXCITING news.....

First to tell you a little about Deafblindness
Deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing loss that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to access all kinds of information, and to get around.
Deafblindness is not just a deaf person who cannot see, or a blind person who cannot hear. The two impairments together increase the effects of each.
People of all ages can have a sight or hearing impairment. It may have been from birth, or due to deterioration later in life. But most deafblind people have some vision and hearing.
Deafblind Awareness Week celebrates the date of 27 June, 
the birthday of Helen Keller (1880-1968) who was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of the arts.  

She was also a well-known American author, political activist and lecturer and is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities.

Usher Syndrome
Usher syndrome is a genetic or inherited condition that affects hearing, vision and balance.
People with Usher can achieve a great deal with the right support. A person’s sight and hearing loss will require changes to how they communicate, access information and explore the environment. The diagnosis of sight and hearing loss can have a significant emotional impact.

Sight and hearing impairment

The sight loss is caused by an eye condition known asretinitis pigmentosa (RP), which leads to a gradual and progressive reduction in vision. 
The hearing loss is sensori-neural deafness – a problem with the inner ear or the auditory nerve. Usually a person with Usher experiences the hearing loss from birth.

Balance and Usher types

Some types of Usher syndrome affect the development of the vestibular organs in the inner ear, which are responsible for balance and sense of space.
People with Usher type one have poor balance, and about half of all people with type three develop balance problems over time. People with Usher type two may experience balance problems as a result of a combined sight and hearing loss.
There are broadly three types of Usher - types one, two and three. The age of onset, the extent and the progression of sight, vision and balance problems varies with each individual and each type. As genetic knowledge develops further sub-divisions and types are suggested.Source: http://www.sense.org.uk/content/usher-syndrome

terptree's big announcement!

Our team here at terptree are thrilled to announce that we will be supporting a wonderful organisation called the Molly Watt Trust.  Molly Watt is an inspirational young lady with Ushers type 2 who supports other Deafblind people and Ushers in the community.  She is able to do this through the work of the trust - in particular through the well-thought out "Access to Reading" project.

After having had the privilege of meeting Molly, I was blown away by her story and something she said to me sums up her positive and grounded outlook on life "you're dealt a hand of cards, it is how you play them".
Molly and her guide dog Unis
Molly and her guide dog Unis - great pals!

After meeting Molly and hearing about the "Access to Reading" project, we have decided that for every 100 LIKES we receive on our facebook page, we will donate a kindle to the Trust to be given to a worthy Deafblind recipient to enable access to literature!

When we hit 300 LIKES, the first Kindle will be donated and then at 400, 500 and so on and so on.... 
Let's see how many Kindle's we can donate to this amazing project.

So, click now to LIKE our facebook page, then share it on your wall
for your chance to make a difference to someone's life today.



Watch this clip to find out more about Molly

Click here to read more about the project and scroll down to read the amazing stories of the individuals with Ushers who have received a Kindle as a part of the project.

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