Charity helps city youngster with his school studies

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A Birmingham charity specialising in supporting blind and partially sighted people is appealing to the Asian business community for help in continuing to raise much needed funds those such as Tuaib Hussain.

That support now means primary school pupil Tuaib, from Edgbaston, has every reason to enjoy doing his homework.

The youngster, diagnosed with a genetic condition three years ago that left him with low vision in his left eye, has been provided with a special electronic magnifier which enables him to see his schoolwork much more clearly.

His mother, Hamida Begum, said: “Tuaib really likes his magnifier and it has made a big difference to him. He says it is brilliant and he can now see things on it which means he is able to do his homework.”

Focus Birmingham, based in Harborne, operates a day care centre working with adults with visual impairment and complex disabilities from the age of 19, also provides community support across Birmingham.

The charity is the foremost provider of specialist sight services in the region, ranging from its Low Vision Centre to community services team, but it needs support to further develop its ‘Centre of Excellence’ where professional support can be readily accessed.

It recently ran a series of Bollywood dance classes as part of a community project aimed at improving exercise and boosting confidence and independence to those living with and facing sight loss.

The project also involved cookery lessons, going on a shopping trip, and accessing the arts with a visit to a theatre.

For further information about Focus Birmingham call Jasmin Rana on 0121 478 5239, email jasmin@focusbirmingham.org.uk or visit www.focusbirmingham.org.uk

 

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