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The VIP Pod: The Visually Impaired People Podcast

Welcome to The VIP Pod where we talk to a range of fascinating guests from all walks of life with one thing in common: being visually impaired. Through this series, we hope to raise awareness of the many different condit
Latest Episode10/4/2021

Episode 9 - Jesse Dufton

Season 1, Ep. 9
In the final episode of series one, Emma talks to Jesse Dufton who is a blind rock climber. He is the first blind person to lead climb the Old Man of Hoy, which is the focus of Alastair Lee’s multi award winning documentary ‘Climbing Blind'. You can watch a trailer for the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcB39nBSv3YIn their conversation, Emma and Jesse discuss his diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and rod-cone dystrophy which is a genetic condition. He was born with approximately 20% of central vision and has no peripheral vision.Despite this, Jesse has been climbing from the age of 2 with the help of his father. Jesse talks about the difference between indoor and outdoor climbing as well as the vital roles of the ‘leader’ climber and ‘second’ climber. Jesse also touches on his use of 3D mental mapping which helps him visualise his surrounds when ascending.You can rent the documentary 'Climbing Blind' as mentioned Emma and Jesse's conversation, here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/climbingblind/361804553You can also find out more about Jesse and his upcoming climbs at his website: https://jessedufton.com/This episode was recorded remotely in June 2020.Do feel free to get in touch with the team with feedback or future guest suggestions by emailingthevippod@gmail.comInterviewed by Emma MartinsProduced & Edited by Michael Wordingham and Rupert MountjoyPodcast artwork by Jimmy ScofieldWebsite: www.jimmyscofield.comContact: jimmy.scofield.design@gmail.com---------------------------------------------------Intro music is "Ghost Byzantine" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive.Interlude and Outro music is "Dead River" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive
10/4/2021

Episode 9 - Jesse Dufton

Season 1, Ep. 9
In the final episode of series one, Emma talks to Jesse Dufton who is a blind rock climber. He is the first blind person to lead climb the Old Man of Hoy, which is the focus of Alastair Lee’s multi award winning documentary ‘Climbing Blind'. You can watch a trailer for the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcB39nBSv3YIn their conversation, Emma and Jesse discuss his diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and rod-cone dystrophy which is a genetic condition. He was born with approximately 20% of central vision and has no peripheral vision.Despite this, Jesse has been climbing from the age of 2 with the help of his father. Jesse talks about the difference between indoor and outdoor climbing as well as the vital roles of the ‘leader’ climber and ‘second’ climber. Jesse also touches on his use of 3D mental mapping which helps him visualise his surrounds when ascending.You can rent the documentary 'Climbing Blind' as mentioned Emma and Jesse's conversation, here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/climbingblind/361804553You can also find out more about Jesse and his upcoming climbs at his website: https://jessedufton.com/This episode was recorded remotely in June 2020.Do feel free to get in touch with the team with feedback or future guest suggestions by emailingthevippod@gmail.comInterviewed by Emma MartinsProduced & Edited by Michael Wordingham and Rupert MountjoyPodcast artwork by Jimmy ScofieldWebsite: www.jimmyscofield.comContact: jimmy.scofield.design@gmail.com---------------------------------------------------Intro music is "Ghost Byzantine" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive.Interlude and Outro music is "Dead River" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive
9/2/2021

Episode 5 - Abdullatif Ghazi

Season 1, Ep. 5
In this episode, Emma talks to Abdullatif Ghazi who is originally from Kuwait and lost his sight at the age of 8. Abdul discusses his love of sport (in particular goalball) and how it played a huge part in him finding the welcoming VI community when he moved to the UK.Abdul is also an avid musician and appeared on Arab's Got Talent 2017 along with guitarist Mohammed Jabbari. The duo's performance brought tears to the eyes of the judges and the crowd and won them the ‘Golden Buzzer’. This performance can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKaAtyuqa-cAbdul discusses this experience and how the video clip went viral with him becoming well known across the world! Abdul is a keen student and discusses his experience studying in the UK and how his visually impairment affects his studies. Abdul has just completed a masters in International security at Warwick University.This episode was recorded remotely in June 2020.Do feel free to get in touch with the team with feedback or future guest suggestions by emailingthevippod@gmail.comInterviewed by Emma Martins and Warren WilsonProduced & Edited by Michael Wordingham and Rupert MountjoyPodcast artwork by Jimmy ScofieldWebsite: www.jimmyscofield.com Contact: jimmy.scofield.design@gmail.com---------------------------------------------------Intro music is "Ghost Byzantine" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive.Interlude and Outro music is "Dead River" by Blue Dot Sessions, licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License via the Free Music Archive