We’d like you to meet our newest AccessAble champion, Torie Tennant, who will help spread the word about AcccessAble and the vital work we do.
I’m Torie. I’m a 30-year-old guide dog owner from Northern Ireland. I’m currently working on my second guide, dog Vivvy. I chair the disability consultation panel for my local health trust and am a trustee of Angel Eyes NI.
I was born 3 months early and am totally blind due to Retinopathy of prematurity.
In my spare time, I love walking; I play visually impaired tennis and do a bit of yoga. I used to go to an art class and like to listen to The Archers. I would have also walked my local parkrun.
I first heard of AccessAble back when it was called DisabledGo. I was part of a group that shadowed the surveyors for a shopping centre in Belfast. We helped create a guide for the shopping centre. I have recently become involved again with AccessAble due to my involvement in the health trust panel.
I think it is great having a website and App where you can find out in advance where an accessible toilet is, or if somewhere has a hearing loop, for example. It takes some of the stress and anxiety away if you’re visiting somewhere new.
I look forward to working more with AccessAble and becoming an AccessAble Champion.
Read More: Torie's Blog