At the age of 8, Daniel was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), the name given to a group of inherited eye conditions that affect the retina at the back of the eye causing permanent changes to vision; this will eventually lead to him losing his sight completely. He attended both mainstream and specialist schools and college and qualified as a Rehabilitation Assistant and Eye Clinic Liaison Officer to help people lead more independent lives.
He doesn’t let his condition hold him back and is striving to make the world more inclusive for others living with visual impairments. In 2014, at the age of 22, he founded Visualise Training and Consultancy which works to increase accessibility, inclusion and equality for everyone.
Since May 2018, Daniel’s primary mission has been to empower UK optical professionals to improve services for low vision patients and increase referrals to sight loss support organisations.
Daniel is a regular speaker at conferences and has recently delivered a talk on Improving the Patient Experience at the European Society of Ophthalmology SOE 2019 Conference in Nice. He has also been invited to speak about his personal sight loss journey at the Vision China Conference later this year.
He works with organisations throughout the UK and internationally to increase awareness of accessibility challenges and has a breadth of knowledge in helping employees with visual impairments to remain in work by consulting with employers on reasonable adjustments. Daniel delivers training to a wide variety of clients within the optical sector and broader, to a range of customer facing organisations, including Barclays, Department for Work and Pensions and Imperial College London.