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I'm blind and have a seeing-eye dog named Zora. I completed an arts degree at Monash University, majoring in English. I've also studied psychology and behavioural studies subjects. I've always enjoyed writing. I've had articles, short stories and poems published in magazines. Through writing for Divine, I hope to combine my passion for helping others, and my interest in psychology.
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I try to keep in good shape by exercising and eating healthily. Some physical activities can be hard for me. But I try not to let this stop me. When I was a child, I learnt to ride a bike, play basketball and other sports although I was blind. My mum and family and friends helped me. Today I go for regular walks with my seeing-eye dog. I also ride my exercise bike. Exercise is an important part of my daily routine.
A six-week course teaches blind people the sport of archery. They learn to hold the bow, use special tactile devices, and rules of the sport. Those who complete the course can apply to become members of an archery club and take part in competitions. Hitting the target with an arrow is a very rewarding feeling.
One day I was cooking chicken steaks for dinner. Soon after placing the tray in the oven, I smelt something burning. I opened the door to remove the tray. Smoke filled my lungs. I threw water on the flames to extinguish it. The smoke detector was going off. My neighbour raced over to help. We opened up the house to let in some fresh air. It turned out that a piece of paper had caused the fire. The experience was a lesson in always being careful in the kitchen. It also showed me what wonderful neighbours I have.
Kate has tunnel vision and night blindness. In 2010, Kate became pregnant with twins. This made Kate and her husband very happy.
Kate says the experience was also scary. She had a planned delivery. Because Kate was giving birth to twins, it was a risky pregnancy. Fortunately, Aurora and Abigail were born in a healthy condition.
Because of her vision-impairment, Kate is cautious. She only goes to places that she knows are safe. When at home, everything is locked up and dangerous items are always put away. Kate says parenting is hard at times, but also rewarding.
In 2009 the only Victorian school for people who are blind or have vision impairment closed its doors. Alan Lachman then created Insight, a specialist service for the blind. Insight is now open in Berwick in Melbourne's south-east, with a specialist primary school will scheduled to open 2013. Insight will offer programs for pre-schoolers, secondary students and parents, welcoming all children who are blind or have vision impairment.