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Lee's Story

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Lee first came across Evenbreak when an adviser helping him find work told him about the organisation. He didn’t get the first role there he applied for, but having had a good interview, he was called back for a role as Account Manager, which he got! “it always feels nice when someone is coming to you and says ‘we think you might be a good fit for this!’”

He was particularly delighted as it had been a hard eighteen months, with the pandemic: “it’s been very difficult…especially as someone who’s relatively newly disabled.”

Lee lost his sight gradually, from 2018 into 2019, and was registered severely sight impaired in early 2019. As he himself says, it was a huge adjustment, but after a while, he realised he himself had to make the most of his situation. “The turning point was that point in my head when I stopped thinking about what I had lost and started trying to focus on what I could do. Because I spent a lot of that first year wondering what I was going to do from here.”

Lee has always enjoyed reading, since he was a child – his favourite genres are Sci-Fi and Fantasy. He loves the worlds and characters the best writers create: “the good ones, the ones with real imagination, real skill in what they do, can hook you from that first page.” His passion for great stories hasn’t left him – as he says, “you can be in an empty room…but if you’ve got characters and stories, then you’re never really on your own. And the only thing that’s changed now is I listen to books rather than reading them!” Favourite authors include David Eddings, Philip K Dick and Orson Scott Card - Lee is currently enjoying re-reading Ender’s Game, which he believes is a truly classic Sci-Fi story.

In terms of other hobbies, Lee has long been a member of the Scout movement, joining as an eight-year-old, and still takes an active role in his local group, which he says has been very important to him through tough times. As he says, “they’ve been really supportive…I still go to our Scout meetings, it’s quite fun, trying to do a lot of the things – we went the other week to an archery range! We ended up playing Golden Shot essentially – me with the bow, and one of the guys saying, ‘up a bit, down a bit’!”

Having lost his sight just three years ago, Lee is aware he’s coped remarkably well with the challenges his sight loss have brought. “A lot of people comment, saying how quickly I have moved forward and adapted to the situation I’m in… I guess I’m proud of where I am and what I’ve managed to do.”

He has drawn a lot of strength from the support of others in a similar position. He recently volunteered as a moderator for an RNIB regional Facebook group: “we’ve built little social groups that meet virtually…you learn so much from other people in the same situation.”

Equally, he feels being part of Evenbreak has introduced him to a wide range of experiences from other disabled people, reminding him of the importance of inclusion: “having people with lots of different concerns just brings into focus that need to be completely inclusive with the way we look at things. If everyone could have a little bit of knowledge it would make life easier!”