Caroline Lane Children and Young Person's Team Lead, National Council for the Blind Ireland
Caroline Lane is the Children and Young Persons (CYP) Team Lead with NCBI, Ireland's national sight loss agency providing support and services to people experiencing sight loss. Caroline has worked with NCBI for over 17 years and has been central to the move to the creation of a dedicated service to Children and Young People with Vision Impairment. As a qualified Low Vision Therapist with a Master's in Education, Caroline leads NCBI's multi-disciplinary CYP team focussed on ensuring that children and young people are enabled to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society. Caroline has a keen interest in early intervention and has implemented a number of successful projects based around transitional planning at early years, primary and secondary level.
Denis Ryan Undergraduate Student, University of Limerick
Denis Ryan is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Limerick. Hailing from Tipperary, he sees the vibrancy of the industry in Ireland and is keen to use his skills following graduation on combining technology and biology to meet people's healthcare needs. Denis experienced a sudden and dramatic loss of vision in early 2020 resulting in a significant challenge in accessing and producing material to continue with his coursework. Despite this, Denis continued with his studies engaging with disability support professionals to create tailor made intervention plans supporting him to develop assistive technology and compensatory access skills
Maya Flynn is a 1st year Speech and Language Therapy student from Wicklow who is living on campus in UCC and enjoying her newfound independence. Maya has been visually impaired since childhood, however she developed cataracts and a further loss of vision in 2019 when she was in 6th year studying for her Leaving Cert. Maya had to modify how she learnt, make greater use of technology and develop a whole new set of skills, as well as managing the shift to online learning during COVID-19.