Abbie-Rose is an 18 year old student with a Visual Impairment, Auditory Processing Disorder and Hypermobility.

Abbie applied to East Norfolk Sixth Form College in July 2014, and in her first year studied GCSE English, GCSE Photography and 3D Design at AS Level.. Abbie uses various Enabling Technology products such as Supernova, hand held magnifier and adapted handouts to enable her to minimise the impact of visual impairment on her learning. Her determination to succeed has been evident from the outset, and Abbie’s sense of independence and academic progress have grown side by side.  To describe her Grade A in Photography as outstanding would be an understatement.

In September 2015 Abbie returned for her second year at East Norfolk, continuing with GCSE English and AS Photography and adding BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production (Film and TV) to her course of study. Even with the many challenges she faces every single day, nothing seems able to stop Abbie. She has a full and  active social life, meeting friends regularly, taking part in Roller Derby, Rock Climbing and Goalball. Abbie plans to complete her present courses and, ever ambitious, perhaps even add Health and Social Care.

Abbie shows a keen interest in helping others and has worked alongside her mother, who is an Enabling Technology Co-ordinator at Action for Blind. She supports Aniridia UK and campaigns for better public transport for the visually impaired. Abbie is a wonderful student, friendly and funny, and is never satisfied with less than her best. She is an absolute credit to the college, to her family and, most of all, to herself.

Celebrations and achievements

  • In the top 5 of her class for GCSE Photography results gaining an A Grade 
  • Met local MPs at the Houses of Parliament regarding working with the visually impaired
  • Growing independence to enable her to attend some lessons without support 
  • Shows real skill and potential in Photography