David Anson is a long term resident of Aid for the Blind, having lived at the complex since 1999.
He was born in Sydney and grew up in the countryside of Buxton, south West of Sydney.
David describes his condition as Optical Neuropathy, and he left with 2% vision.
He was bit of a journeyman before going blind some 16 years ago when living at McKay. A chance meeting with members of Aid for the Blind who were collecting at the show led to him coming to Brisbane and taking up residence at Aid for the Blind.
He has since completed a computer course at TAFE which has had a marked impact on his life.
David lists his special interests as cycling (although that is not really possible these days), music, IT, and he is a very avid walker. He is affectionately known as ‘Mr Gadget’ by his colleagues, being the champion of modern Assistive Technology. He is forever looking for ways to assist those who have low or no vision, being happy to share his knowledge with everyone.
David lists his major achieve as learning how to live independently after going blind.
He says “the subsidised rental at Aid for the Blind has helped me to exist in way that I couldn’t otherwise. The location of the units is great, being close to train, bus, and shopping centres, and very close to the city”.