PARTIALLY-sighted David Shervill has a new vision for music and has started up his own business thanks to the help of a support course.
The 23-year-old, from Copnor, has started up Global Music Vision (GMV), which will give blind and partially-sighted people opportunities to record their own music, record jingles and do voice-over work.
David suffers from ocular albinism, which affects the pigment in his eyes and vision.
He also suffers from nystagmus, which causes involuntary eye movements.
David had always tried to do the same things as his friends, such as cycling and roller-skating, despite having the eye conditions, and did not want people to know about his disabilities.
But the Finding your Feet course run by Action for Blind People changed David’s life.
He said: ‘I found it very difficult at the start of the course, when I had to open up and discuss my vision impairment and the effect it’s had on my life.
‘I’ve never done that before. But when other participants in the group started sharing their own experiences, I began to relax and realise that everyone understood my difficulties.
‘They could relate to me – sight loss was what brought us together in one room.’
During the course, David found the confidence and he started to reflect on the daily struggles he had at school and college.
David has a music qualification and after the course he decided to use this and help others record music.
He is setting up a recording studio and said this is thanks to the help he got from the course.
David added: ‘For me, the most important thing that came from Finding your Feet is that I now have the confidence to talk about my disability.
‘I’m now determined to break down the barriers and stigma surrounding sight loss.
‘That is why I decided to start up my own business.
‘I have my own software and getting recording equipment.
‘My aim is to give people similar to me the opportunity to enjoy music and reach it is a different way.’
Lizzie Abnett, from Action for Blind People’s regional team, said: ‘For any person, sight loss can be devastating. However, David has shown that it should not be a barrier to doing the things you love.’
To find out more about GMV, e-mail email@example.com
Course can help blind people to gain confidence
FINDING your Feet gives blind and partially-sighted people a programme of practical and emotional support.
It also helps people overcome fears of isolation, help them adjust to sight-loss and an opportunity to share their stories and experiences with others.
The next course, which is run by Action for Blind People, takes place on Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, at the Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth.
To find out more, call 01722 345440.