Written by Amanda McCleary & Malena Peacock
Here at Mundaring Christian College, we love to celebrate the achievements and growth of our students. Recently, Year 9 student Caitlin H. has been approaching local businesses around Mundaring and offering to produce their menu in Braille. Caitlin has Optic Neuropathy, which is a degenerative condition where the messages from her brain don’t connect with her eyes. “I read, complete my schoolwork, assignments and tests, all in Braille”, she says. The initiative to approach restaurants was Caitlin’s way of going beyond herself to help those who are also visually impaired. “Taking part in these opportunities is a way to tell people all over Australia that they are not alone.” It is the simple act of providing a Braille menu to help communicate this very important message to these people. Parkerville Tavern has been very enthusiastic about the idea and Caitlin has just completed her first menu. We are excited that there will be an accessible menu at this lovely local restaurant. As a College, we are so proud of Caitlin in how she is applying the skills she is learning at school and is already having an impact on the Mundaring community. Great work Caitlin!