David Shervill - Trainer

Training area: visual impairment

David Shervill is the founder of Global Music Visions, a community interest company that brings the benefits of music to blind, visually impaired and disabled people by using music software technology.

David is partially sighted. He has ocular albinism, which is a genetic eye condition, and nystagmus, which causes involuntary eye movements. He has no 3D vision and so changes in height such as steps and kerbs are everyday obstacles for him.

David is keen to help break down barriers surrounding disabilities. He wants to talk to people about what it is like to have a visual impairment and how, with a little more understanding, they can have a positive effect on someone’s life. This includes looking at other ways of creating equal opportunities.

David’s story

Having gained his GSCEs at mainstream school, he achieved a BTEC Extended National Diploma in Music Technology at a mainstream college. Next came study at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford, where he completed a work-based training programme in Music Technology and Sound Engineering.

He learnt how assistive technology could help him perform tasks and realised this knowledge could open up a new world of music technology to other blind, visually impaired and disabled people.

This led him to found Global Music Visions CIC, which offers the chance to participate, enjoy and achieve with music, one-to-one or in small group workshops.

Toucan Diversity Training gave David the opportunity to become an accredited trainer.

He has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

David lives in Portsmouth.

Training aims:

  • Emphasise the statistics surrounding visual impairment.
  • Discuss own visual impairments, and how they affect everyday life.
  • Identify various traits linked to visual impairments.
  • Demonstrate effective ways of accommodating and supporting people with visual impairments.

Training outcomes:

  • Participants will have a better understanding of specific visual impairments.
  • Participants will acquire skills to enable them to support people with a visual impairment.

Training Methods:

  • Powerpoint presentation
  • Quizes
  • Video
  • Real life scenarios

Duration: 1 hour

Group size: maximum 20

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