Blind student becoming a journo

This honestly blew my mind a little.

I don’t want to come across as thinking someone with a handicap is weaker or less-able to do something. That’s not the case. Within my family we have people with medical issues, and very little slows those people down (hat tip: my mother). Even so, when I see a headline like this — Blind Conestoga journalism student the picture of determination — I can’t help but be taken aback.

Ashley Welford-Costelloe, 23, is a student at Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada. She is completely blind and is a journalism student who is excelling, even in photography class.

The Record of Kitchener, Canada, ran a story about Costelloe on Monday, and it is an incredible story depicting the student’s determination to make due with a malady that has affected her since childhood.

In the article, teacher Dave Chidley even said he wasn’t sure how to handle a blind student in his photography class. He said, “It did mess with my head a little bit. My first impression was: ‘Wow! How do I deal with this?'”

But Chidley said she’s doing just fine in the class, and Costelloe said she loves studying journalism.

Let this be a lesson to everyone: you can do whatever you want in life; don’t let anything stand in your way.

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