Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battling Gordon Is First Success

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battling Gordon Is First Success

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Blind Gordon Evans has battled against the odds to become the first to graduate from a pioneering new course.

The 20-year-old from West Denton was born with congenital cataracts, an eye condition which makes the world appear cloudy. If untreated, as in his case, it can lead to permanent sight loss.

During his teens he also suffered from painful bowel disorder Crohn's disease and had to have part of his intestine removed.

The complications from the condition meant Gordon dropped out of his GCSEs at Gosforth High School, leaving him with no qualifications.

He said: "I went from being a reasonably confident teenager, who enjoyed karate and sport, to a shy young man who had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Just when I thought I was getting on top of blindness, the Crohn's hit me really hard."

Now Gordon has graduated from Skillstep to Success which aims to bring confidence and skills to unemployed adults who are blind or visually impaired. …

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