Ian joined Share in September 2014 and studies digital skills with us.
Over the years, impaired vision and difficulty in coordination have meant it has been difficult for Ian to engage in mainstream training. At Share, he uses a large print keyboard and increased screen resolution, but using a mouse remains a challenge due to the relatively small size of the cursor. However, more recently, Ian has been able to make use of a large touchscreen computer, kindly donated by Marks & Spencer as part of their Spark Something Good campaign, which allows him to interact with the system more intuitively. He is now able to use MS Paint and the touchscreen is also helping him to control his movements and hence improving his hand-to-eye coordination.
He enjoys music, painting and socialising down the pub, and loves exploring world cultures by watching YouTube videos, and dreams of one day being able to travel to those faraway places.
Ian enjoys enjoys sharing a joke or two with Share staff and students, and his tutor comments that Ian's persistence and patience is to be admired.
Speaking about Share, Ian says that people at Share are friendly and ‘accept me for who I am’.