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.