Photo of Holly Tuke, Blogger at Life of a Blind Girl

Holly Tuke

“An assistive tech officer at York St John University, Holly Tuke, aged 22, has recently been confirmed as one of the top 100 influential people with a disability in Britain due to her popular blog, Life of A Blind Girl, on all things disability.

Holly is blind due to a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity, which means she can only see light and dark so have no useful vision. She created Life of a Blind Girl in 2015 as a way of sharing her experiences of living with a visual impairment in a predominantly sighted world. Holly tackles the stigma around disability and offers an honest insight into her life.

She has been added to the prestigious list of influencers by Disability Power 100, who recognised Holly’s contribution, advice and guidance on all things visual impairment.”

Who has she helped?

“In 2015, Holly started her blog, covering her day-to-day life as well as a variety of topics relating to sight loss and disability. It covers a variety of subjects including education, assistive technology, beauty and lifestyle and is fully accessible for assistive technology users.

Holly’s particular eye condition came due to her being born prematurely. Holly has educated many people about the spectrum of visual impairment. She’s tackled common misconceptions and stigmas around sight loss and disability, showing non-disabled audiences that disability shouldn’t limit a person.”

What’s worked?

“The blog began because Holly wanted to help people and educate society. Her varied subject themes and honest account of her life has worked in educating society and inspiring people with and without disabilities. The content has worked, and has seen Holly recognised as one of the top 100 people with a disability in the UK.”

What’s next?

To continue to educate and raise awareness through the blog.

What advice, contacts or resources would help?

Relevant resources and networking opportunities.

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