Claire Lawrence is regional campaigns officer (RCO) for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) for the East Midlands, where she has worked for the past seven years. She was registered partially sighted when she was 16 and then registered blind at 18, and Claire is passionate about improving accessibility and independence for people with sight loss. Claire goes to the gym regularly and has recently started training in mixed martial arts, as well as being an accomplished artist, producing tactile and accessible contemporary work. 

Claire Lawrence is regional campaigns officer (RCO) for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) for the East Midlands, where she has worked for the past seven years. She was registered partially sighted when she was 16 and then registered blind at 18, and Claire is passionate about improving accessibility and independence for people with sight loss. Claire goes to the gym regularly and has recently started training in mixed martial arts, as well as being an accomplished artist, producing tactile and accessible contemporary work. 

Joining the RNIB – a happy accident

Joining RNIB was a happy accident. After graduating university I had a sharp drop in vision and felt that I needed to train in different access technology to enable me to join the world of work. I did a six week intensive training course for adults at RNIB College Loughborough. There I learnt to use JAWS, which is speech software for the computer. I also learnt a number of other different coping mechanisms.

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