Andrew Main

Senior Learner
West Midlands

Andy overcame the trauma of total blindness at 70 through adult learning. Now he uses all his talents to help other people in need.

Condemned to sudden loss of sight through a previously undiagnosed genetic disorder – having just recovered from life-threatening cancer – the retired but still active social worker and trade union negotiator was plunged into semi-isolation, dependency and low self-confidence.

With the support of his partner and Dudley Vision Services, he regained his confidence and powers of communication through new computer and Internet skills acquired in college and at home, working deep into the night. With a new found sense of freedom he has resumed high-level trade union activity and is looking to upgrade his skills as a chef.

His tutor at Dudley College, Joanna Griffin, says he is “a tremendous ambassador for the course”, helping and encouraging other visually impaired learners. For Andy, learning is now a lifelong activity.

“I feel that I am no longer isolated and continue to explore other options beyond the scope of this course.”

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“I feel that I am no longer isolated and continue to explore other options beyond the scope of this course.”
Andrew Main , 2011 Award Winner

Film produced by Coracle Films