Maidenhead teen invited to America to spread disability message

Maidenhead teen invited to America to spread disability message

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Simon Meechan

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Maidenhead teen invited to America to spread disability message

A determined teenager is travelling to America and also speaking at Westminster Palace to drive the message that disability should not stop academic success.

Molly's Youtube videos have attracted attention from Usher charities across the Atlantic

Molly Watt has Usher Syndrome, a rare condition which causes deafness and extremely impaired vision.

The 19-year-old has been invited to speak at a charity function in New Jersey after its founders were inspired by awareness videos she posted on the internet.

Molly, from Oldacres, will be the guest speaker at an event organised by Help Henry See and Hear on Friday, November 14.

The charity came across Molly, who uses a hearing aid, after seeing videos she uploaded to YouTube.

In her early teens Molly made the videos to show the problems she faced, but recently she has switched tact and made a film to show how much progress she has made since she started studying at Strode's College in Egham, Surrey.

Molly explained that she has flourished with the help she has had there, which includes a personal note-taker.

She said: "The video shows my progress and how much difference it makes having that support."

That video was posted on Wednesday January 23 and clocked up 2,000 views in under a week.

The aspiring teacher is also due to speak in Westminster Palace, at a date to be set, at an event for disabled Parliament workers.

Molly, who plans to study primary education at university next year, says accessing written material in classrooms can be a huge barrier.

Her tunnel vision means she struggles to read small print and the glare from white paper causes excruciating headaches.

Small adjustments in fonts and paper colour can make all the difference.

The keen artist explained that without increased awareness teachers and carers can be ignorant of the problems faced by people with Usher Syndrome.

Her mother Jane says the videos are 'very educational' to parents and teachers.

The mum-of-four added: "We do not want them just assume that because they can't see and hear properly they can't communicate."

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