Holly Tuke, smiling for the camera

Hello, my name is Holly. I’m a disability and lifestyle blogger from the UK. My story is nothing unique – I went through mainstream education, graduated university, I love all things beauty, fashion, concerts, and all the usual girly stuff. Oh, and I’m blind.

I get up every day, go to work, see friends and do blogging/film content for my YouTube channel.

I’m blind, but I live a pretty normal and independent life. I have things that I want to achieve. I have goals and aspirations – and I think that’s what life is all about.

Even though you have sight loss, you don’t need sight to have vision.

I’ve been blind from birth due to a condition called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). I only have light perception, so being blind is all that I’ve been used to.

Despite this, I have learned to adapt every day tasks and live life to the fullest.

Many people think that having a visual impairment can be limiting and extremely negative (which it sometimes can be) – but in reality, this is not the case at all.

My visual impairment has given me many skills including learning braille, learning to use assistive technology and how to use a long cane to name a few. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve faced some challenges, but I believe that they have made me a stronger person and really shaped the person I am.

I’ve always had a passion for helping others and have done volunteering for various sight loss organizations, and my job as an Assistive Technology Officer is largely based around teaching and helping others. That’s one of the reasons I started my blog Life of a Blind Girl.

On my blog and YouTube channel, I share my experiences of living with a visual impairment to educate, inspire and support others, and tackle the common misconceptions surrounding sight loss and disability. I share some informative content, as well as sharing my own experiences of everyday life and what I’ve been getting up to.

I hope my blog portrays the fact that just because a person has a visual impairment or other disability, it does not mean that they cannot get to where they want to be in life. It does not mean that they have to be treated any differently to anyone else and it does not mean that they cannot carry out everyday tasks and activities – because truth is, they can.

By using my corner of the internet to share my experiences, educate others and be an advocate for other disabled people, I hope that I can try and make a change in this predominantly sighted world.

I think it’s important to not let your disability stop you in life, don’t let it limit you or deter you from getting to where you want to be. Just because you have a visual impairment, you can still have a vision.

You can read more from Holly on her blog, Life of a Blind Girl. You can also follow her on Twitter (‪@lifeofablindgrl), Facebook (@lifeofablindgirl), Instagram (@lifeofablindgirl) and YouTube.

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