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Jack Tyrrell is the Accessible Solutions Profiler at digital accessibility advocates, Media Access Australia. He’s a passionate and driven young man who literally lives his work. That’s because Jack is legally blind and relies on technology and the support of MAA to access online and digital communications. He shares his story in a very revealing podcast article.
Jack Tyrrell flexes a bicep
Listen to a podcast (or read the short article) featuring MAA’s Jack Tyrrell, interviewed by fellow staff member Philip Jenkinson, about coping with blindness and his love for the job of promoting web and digital accessibility to organisations all across Australia.
You’re listening to a podcast from Media Access Australia. Inclusion through technology.
I’m speaking with Jack Tyrrell, an accessible solutions profiler, at Media Access Australia; and he’s legally blind. Jack’s story is one of ability in action, overcoming obstacles and actively advocating to make a real difference in the lives of people with a disability, thanks to accessible technology and the support of Media Access Australia. On Melbourne Cup weekend, in 2012, Jack Tyrrell, a Melbourne lad born and bred, suddenly lost his sight, literally overnight. Jack, you were an active sportsman, you worked at a gold club part-time, and you were half-way through a Commerce degree at Swinburne University. Can you tell us what happened?
Yeah. So, as I normally did after work, Philip, I went and played nine holes of golf. I really loved my golf then and I hit the first ball off the tee and I couldn’t see it. And I really lost it in the air and it was a really scary moment for myself, and I thought, “What’s going on?” And my dad had glasses, so I thought, you know, might be time, or it might be something in the family there. And then I went to go check it out and it turns out, after a couple of months of testing, it was something more serious than that.