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Foreword – Blindly Going

I’m Kevin Mc Laughlin a broadcast journalist and writer.  I was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974 and grew up in a place where violence was never far from home.  In 1992 I moved to Hereford in England to study at the Royal National College for the Blind.  After 3 years there I moved to Durham to study a 2 year HND Business and Finance course focusing on Broadcasting and Media Management.  In 1997 I entered the 2nd year of a BA (hons) Journalism degree at Southampton Institute which I completed in 1999 gaining a 2:1 classification with Honors.

Only 8 weeks after my degree had been completed I started a job with the BBC in London working in the Disability Programmes Unit on their BBC Two Magazine programme ‘From The Edge’.  I spent a further 4 and a half years with the BBC working mostly in factual and news programmes including, Watchdog, Crimewatch UK, Newsround, BBC Network TV News and a number of other network TV programmes.  My last job with the BBC in their public service was as a producer on the Radio Four consumer programme ‘You and Yours’.

For the next five years I spent my time working for Hutchison Whampoa and their 3 Mobile networks in the UK and then Ireland as a Producer and Editor looking after their daily mobile content portals which offered many services to customers including regularly updated news and sport.  In January 2010 I resigned from the role and left my position a month later to travel around the world and give my perspective on what this experience is like for someone with severe visual impairment.

My experience during five and a half months visiting 12 countries across the world is what follows in Blindly Going.  Enjoy the journey.  I did!

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