Filmmaking isn’t a typical career choice for someone who is blind, but that’s exactly what local Gold Coast resident Gough has pursued.
Gough is the first legally blind person to write, produce, edit, direct and star in a feature film and he has founded his own production company, Beernuts Productions.
As a client of Guide Dogs Queensland, Gough credits his confidence to the skills he learnt through Guide Dogs Queensland programs.
“I travel a lot through my work, and I would never have been able to do this without the help of Guide Dogs from a young age.”
“From learning to develop my other senses, to Orientation and Mobility support, the training and skills that Guide Dogs provided me with gave me the confidence and freedom I needed to be able to live independently.”
“Although I am legally blind, I don’t see why that should be an obstacle in living my life to the fullest and choosing what I want to do. Guide Dogs equipped me with the skills I needed to do this.”
This JulEYE awareness month, Guide Dogs is urging Queenslanders who are experiencing difficulty with their vision to seek the assistance they need so they can live their lives independently like Gough.
Client Services manager Margaret Hegarty said that it’s important for people to seek assistance early and learn the many ways Guide Dogs can support you.
“Our services go far beyond our iconic Guide Dogs, so we recommend attending our Vision Assessment Clinics to receive a check up from one of our experienced eye care professionals and learn about the many services we offer.”
“Our Vision Assessment Clinics are free, so it’s a great opportunity to come along and learn how Guide Dogs can help.”
You can check out Gough’s work at www.beernutsproductions.com.