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A legally blind student from Macquarie Fields has won the 2016 TAFE
NSW South Western Sydney foundation skills award with a tertiary
entrance score of 95 per cent.
Nathan Sharp left school at 13 due to poor sight. He did odd jobs for
Nathan's vision continued to deteriorate and by 20 he was barely able
to see past his nose. His future seemed bleak so he decided it
something about it.
The turning point came when the disability pension saved over three
years was invested in an eye operation.
After the operation Nathan had to avoid bright lights so he spent
time recovering at home. The reclusive lifestyle diminished his
confidence and he found it difficult to step outdoors.
Nathan overcame his fear by going walking for a couple of weeks.
"It changed me… the outings … helped …restore my
confidence." He told the Macarthur Chronicle.
With improved eyesight Nathan, now 37, returned to his studies at
TAFE NSW South Western Sydney where he completed Years 10, 11 and 12.
Nathan plans to go to university and study for a degree in Games Development.