Andrew’s story

Former UNB student pays it forward to others with vision loss

Photo of Andrew DaleyMaking the transition from high school to university can be difficult and demanding – but when a student is blind or partially sighted, reading course materials, researching and writing academic papers can pose monumental challenges.

Diagnosed with macular degeneration at a young age, Andrew Daley believed these challenges would hinder his ability to pursue a university education – that is, until he turned to CNIB.

Through CNIB’s assistive technology program – and the support of Andrew’s mentor, Jim Noseworthy – Andrew became confident in using computers through screen-reading and magnifying software, voice input programs and accessible devices.

One Bachelor’s degree later, Andrew now combines his passion for technology and love for helping others at UNB and NBCC. As an assistive technologist, he assesses students’ needs for accessible software, sources and organizes funding and offers training and technical support throughout their university careers.

Andrew’s journey has truly come full circle as he is now enabling other post-secondary students with vision loss – including 26-year-old Maggie Lyons who is obtaining a Master’s degree – to pursue their educational dreams and career and life goals.

“I would not have had the resources – or the courage – to pursue my education at UNB without the support of CNIB and Jim,” says Andrew. “Now I’m helping other students strive for academic success through assistive technology.”

Andrew’s newfound confidence, skills and motivation support his personal mission of “paying it forward” and are inspiring young New Brunswickers – like Maggie – in the process.


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