Carolyn Pante doesn’t let her impaired vision stop her from doing what she wants, in this case knitting an intricate doll for her granddaughter.By Alexandra Bolkas
Ms Pante lost vision in both her eyes after a bug she caught triggered macula degeneration.
‘‘I lost my left eye over 20 years ago and my right eye 12 years ago,’’ Ms Pante said.
She said she had been coming to Vision Australia Shepparton’s day program for a few months and the volunteer support she received to knit filled her with self-confidence.
‘‘I used to be a great knitter, but I hadn’t knitted in years when I came to Vision Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘They taught me how to knit again using special lighting and volunteers help me to pick up stitches.
‘‘It gives us the confidence to do more; the harder the challenge is the better it is.’’
Ms Pante said the doll, called Jemima, took her five weeks to knit.
Vision Australia recreation support worker Sharon Sellick said volunteers had specific skills to help Vision Australia clients.
‘‘They assist clients to do whatever they want to do,’’ Ms Sellick said.
She said volunteers helped vision impaired clients to create craft with a variety of measures.
‘‘There’s special lighting and contrasting where they put a black mat under a white plate; tactile textures and descriptive audio,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s about instilling faith in people to do what they want to do.’’
Ms Pante said she was starting to knit a toy pig for her two-year-old grandchild and a colourful clown for her five-year-old grandchild.
Ms Sellick said the day program was a good way for people to meet and discuss their vision.
‘‘Vision Australia day program is an avenue for people to come in and share with each other about their vision loss to help them to come to terms with it,’’ she said.
■ For more information on Vision Australia’s services, phone 1300 847 466.
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