I’ve been pulling apart computers since I was about fourteen-years-old. Ah it’s kind of like a puzzle, I look at it like a puzzle. You’ve got all these pieces you’ve got to put together.
My name is Josh Giblett, I’m 31-years-old.
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Today, I’m at a trucking company. Just helping them fix a computer. I work in different areas of IT.
It’s all about continuous improvement, so looking at an area where you don’t know much and you know, tackling different problems so you can learn more. The key is liking what you do, so therefore you'll want to spend more time learning.
It’s not just about me, it’s about the next 18 or 16-year-old vision impaired person who needs to come to a job. So hopefully if I make a good impression on the company, it might mean that they might get hired as well because they won’t be looking at 'Oh this guy's got a vision impairment, his reading might be a bit slow' or so forth, they might be looking at it like ‘Josh worked for us and didn’t let his vision impairment hold him back and he found ways around any issues’. And hopefully, this paves the way for younger vision-impaired people.
I don’t use any aids to get around. I don’t have a Guide Dog or use a cane or anything like that. I manage to find my way around. I mean I do still ask for help. If you need it you’ve got to ask, you can’t not ask – but in my case I try really hard not to.
My wife, she helps me a lot, like if I do need transport somewhere she’s always willing to help me out.
We met in 2010 and have been together since. Got married in 2016. And then this year, we’ve had a daughter, Charlie. A lot of people said to me when we were having Charlie that my life would change. And it certainly has, for the better. I think she’s at a point in her life where she’s willing to do different things which is awesome.
My parents they always said to me, ‘Go on and give it a go’, they never sort of said ‘You can’t do it’ or ‘Don’t try’.
I used to ride around on a single bike for a long time, even out in the hills. And whilst I’m sure it scared the pants off my parents, and they were probably sitting there watching close by to pick up the pieces if things did go wrong, they never said to me 'don’t do it'.
Produced by Barking Wolf in partnership with VisAbility. Funded by Non-Government Centre Support, Department of Education.
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