I Can Inspire
I’m Aaron from Swansea and I’m a Sport and Recreation teacher at RNC. I am also a former student; I studied Level 3 Sport and Recreation before moving on to study for my PGC (Post Graduate Certificate) in teaching.
I was registered partially sighted nine years ago as a result of a hereditary eye condition, RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa).
I am one of 30 members of my family with the eye condition RP. I went through mainstream school but always knew that my eyes weren’t quite right, I found out I had RP at the age of 16. After I left school I had a few jobs including a stock controller and shop fitter but that was never what I wanted to do and I realised there were no real career prospects for me. I wanted a career which wouldn’t be affected by my eyesight in the long term. When I was registered as partially sighted at the age of 22 I realised that something had to change and I needed to do something different.
Coming to RNC
I first heard about RNC from the staff at my local job centre. At first I wasn’t sure about leaving my life in Wales and having to move to a residential college, living with people I didn’t know. Although lots of my family members have RP, none of them had ever even thought about attending a specialist college. I eventually came to visit RNC and when I realised that I could combine my passion for sport and fitness with a potential career as a personal trainer, I couldn’t wait to start the course!
I felt comfortable at RNC straight away and found myself helping others out when in the gym, it was just something that came naturally to me. When I finished my course I was offered the chance to train as a teacher. Teaching wasn’t something I’d thought of doing before but during my time at RNC my confidence really grew and I was inspired by the other teachers at RNC who have visual impairments.
Teaching at RNC
Eight years on, I’m lucky enough to say I come to work every day to a job I love. Being able to see the students grow in confidence and achieve their ambitions is an amazing feeling. As a former student, I can relate to what the students are going through. In the past they may have been told they can’t do things because of their visual impairment; I’m living proof that is simply not true. I teach students every day that if you want something and you’re prepared to work for it, then you can realise your ambitions. I hope that with my support I can inspire more and more students to be the best that they can be.
Aaron is just one of many dedicated members of staff at RNC who understand the challenges our VI students face every day. If you’re interested in coming to study with us then give us a call so we can let you know what options are available to you.
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