Our Community – David Dermody

David Dermody, the son of a military family, was born in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia, and grew up at Bribie Island.

He has been legally blind since age 40, and suffers from Rod Cove Distrophy, which is a degenerative condition. He is a resident of Aid for the Blind’s residential complex.

David has a Cert 4 in Business studies, and along his journey has owned and operated a Cafe in Bundaberg for several years, and also managed the ITLO Australian Centre (Italian Club) in Brisbane. He is currently studying IT at Vision Australia.

Although not working now, David busies himself with caring for people who he describes as “less fortunate than himself”.

David has represented Queensland in Blind Cricket.

He describes his Guide Dog Tucker as his “best mate”. Tucker has had a huge impact on his life and has given him self-confidence. He is proud of how he has succeeded in adjusting his life to being blind.

David says: “When I arrived here several years ago I knew nothing of the products and services available to people like me. Aid for the Blind pointed me in the right direction, and I have learnt to become independent through them”.

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