Beth's vision has slowly deteriorated over the past 30 years, since she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of five. However, it wasn't until her early 20s when she was having trouble travelling independently - to the point of endangerment - that Beth sought help from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.
Beth's life-changing journey with Guide Dogs began 13 years ago. Even though she had learnt how to use a long cane, it was receiving her first Guide Dog Oakes that really opened up Beth's world. Oakes, and now her second Guide Dog Teena, have given Beth the mobility and confidence to lead a full and independent life as a busy wife and mother to three young children.
Beth has also been trained in how to get to and from destinations using local public transport and a Global Positioning System (GPS) application that "speaks" navigational instructions on her mobile phone. Over the years, Beth has enjoyed outdoor pastimes such as scuba diving, water and snow skiing. While travelling has to take a back seat until the children get older, Beth is looking forward to family bike rides around Sydney and beyond with her new tandem bike.
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