Being blind has proved no barrier to 57-year-old John, who lost his sight six years ago following surgical complications to correct glaucoma. With Guide Dog Nardia by his side, John tackles life's challenges head-on.
John credits the mobility training he has received from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT since going blind for enabling him to maintain his very active, social and independent lifestyle. He is constantly amazed at the capabilities of his second Guide Dog Nardia, who shares John's zest for life. She quickly works out the safest ways to get John from A to B, whether they're in his regional home town with few footpaths, or negotiating the cities they regularly visit.
Luckily, Nardia also enjoys the water, as John is an avid sailor and windsurfer. John windsurfs independently using a special helmet that communicates directions given by someone watching him from land. Guide Dogs has also taught John how to use a cane, a Miniguide and a talking GPS mobile phone that facilitates his independent travel. John said that he would love to have a talking compass to better navigate the yacht he shares with his 92-year-old father!
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