JUDITH WOOD BCAh
Judith is the Senior Sight Advisor and Counsellor at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) and is herself severely visually impaired. Over the last 25 years, she has established a full-time sight Advisory Service at the Oxford Eye Hospital as well as the county’s only specialist counselling service for those affected by sight loss.
Judith lost most of her sight following an accident in 1973, when she was 24 years old. At the time there was no specialist support or counselling service that she could access.
Many years later, Judith saw that there was a similar lack of provision for visually impaired people in Oxfordshire. As an Eye Hospital patient herself, Judith watched people leave the clinic tearful, angry and scared. She saw that many people were slipping through the net and she felt that something had to be done.
In 1993 Judith began to set up the Sight Advisory Service at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. She began the service by providing emotional support to those who needed it and by signposting people to local services. She also advocated on behalf of patients, accompanying them back to the doctor’s room to ensure that their condition has been properly explained to them.
Nominated by: Colin Cure