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Jan 15, 2014

Youth Space Spotlight: Gavin

  1. Can you share with us what retinal eye disease you have and when you were diagnosed?

Retinitis Pigmentosa – 5 years old

Did vision loss have any impact on your education choices?

Due to my vision I got a bursary to attend Appleby College for grade 11 and 12.

  1. What do you do for a living? How have you adapted your career to your vision loss?


  1. It’s no secret that vision loss can lead to anxiety and depression. How do you maintain emotional balance?

Take it one day at a time.

  1. What accessibility aids can you not live without?

Accessibility features on my Mac and iPhone. Reverse contrast options specifically. I’m also starting to rely more and more on my white cane.

  1. If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self about vision loss, what would you say?

Enjoy the vision you have.

  1. Our 2012 Toronto Vision Quest Youth Panel agreed that we all ‘hate’ 3D movies, revolving doors and garbage days. What’s your pet peeve?

Wet floor signs. Anything being “over there.” Every time I’m told to “watch out.”

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