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Helen Fernyhough

Posted in: Foundation

Helen’s 10 year old son, Adam, suffers from severe visual perception problems including extreme sensitivity to bright lights, balance issues and problems with reading. Adam had suffered throughout his life and it wasn’t until last year when he was finally diagnosed with the relatively unknown condition, Irlen Syndrome.

As Irlen corrective lenses are unavailable through the NHS, Adam was instead prescribed coloured glasses, which only went some way towards correcting his sight. Now, thanks to a Personal Grant, Adam can undergo tests at a specialist Irlen facility in Jersey and his parents will be able to purchase his much-needed glasses which are specially made in America.

"The Personal Grant means we can buy Irlen lenses for Adam. It’s the final piece of the puzzle to make his perception of the world around him ‘normal’ – and who doesn’t want that for their child?"

Adam’s mum, Helen, who applied for the grant said: “For many years Adam was completely misunderstood because his teachers were unable to recognise what he was experiencing. The Personal Grant means we can buy Irlen lenses for Adam. It’s the final piece of the puzzle to make his perception of the world around him ‘normal’ – and who doesn’t want that for their child?”