GLEN Waverley's Jack Tyrrell, 21, has six subjects left to complete in the bachelor of commerce at Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus. His problem is not lack of motivation but lack of technology.
Fortunately Jack is back on track having won a bursary from Vision Australia to buy adaptive technology.
“I have limited central vision because of a condition called Leber’s. The bursary win has allowed me to purchase adaptive technology including JAWS screen reading technology and a Pearl scanner with Openbook software.”
Jack does not let the condition slow him down, passing four subjects with good marks last semester while working in the pro shop at a Glen Waverley Golf Club.
Ensuring people who are blind or have low vision can go on to achieve the best possible education is what makes Vision Australia’s Further Education Bursaries so important.
These bursaries, funded by the public, have brought increased opportunities for study for clients enrolled in a range of tertiary education courses.
There is a wide range of assistive technology available for students who are blind or have low vision and the bursaries are used to buy this equipment.
Applications for the 2014 Vision Australia Further Education bursaries are open. For more information visit www.visionaustralia.org