On Wednesday 7 August Mr Pethick, Mrs Hannen-Williams, Claire S. and I all went to the official screening of the Focus on Ability documentaries.
We saw many great documentaries and met some of the people who were in them. The documentaries were all very different and it was very interesting to see what other people had done. The screening went for about one hour. It was great to see the different variety of ways people filmed their videos and how different they were to each other. It was a great experience and I hope to do it again sometime.
Here is Caitlin's story:
My name is Caitlin Hannen-Williams and I have Optic Neuropathy.
Optic Neuropathy is a degenerative condition where the messages from my brain don’t connect with my eyes. This makes everything very blurry and almost impossible to see detail from far away. I read, do all my schoolwork, assignments and tests, in Braille. It has been a huge challenge for my family and I. We have had to get funding from the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) in order for me to learn Braille. It has been hard trying to get funding to get taught Braille because I still have some sight. I have had lots of tests done on my eyes because Optic Neuropathy is a very rare condition and my eye condition was unknown for a couple of years. I have met lots of friends that have lost sight or are blind. I play Goalball (blind sport) and have gone on camps with visually impaired people as well.
Being part of this documentary has been a great privilege. Throughout the making of the documentary, I have been able to experience new things and been able to tell people all over Australia that they are not alone. Acting and drama is one of my favourite things to do, so this opportunity is amazing!
I would like to give a special thankyou to everyone who organised this great opportunity. Thank you to Mr Pethick for giving up his time to help us film. Thank you to editors: Clare Stanwix, Leah Clarke and Natasja Janc.
Miss Caitlin HW.
Please click on the link below to watch her short film.