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Battler Ron a lesson to all.

Ron Cordner's life was changed forever when he lost his sight.

After a lifetime of being a DIY enthusiast, suddenly he couldn't do any of the things he loved.

"It is one of the worst things that can happen to you," he says.

"I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy."

Ron, of Horden, near Hartlepool, was registered blind within a space of just eight months after being diagnosed with macular degeneration in 2000.

He had to find new ways of filling his time and embarked on a computer course for people with visual impairments. It opened up a whole new world to the grandad of 11.

Today, aged 71, he has a number of computer qualifications and has even gone on to study a counselling course so that he is in a position to help those going through a similar experience.

He inspires and encourages others to follow his lead and Ron was named Student of the Month by the Care, Arts and Foundation Studies faculty at East Durham and Houghall Community College.

In June this year he also received the Lifetime Learner Award from the college.

Now he has been nominated for the Evening Gazette's Champion for the Disabled Award.

He was nominated by Joan Jones, of Middlesbrough-based Action for Blind People.

She said: "He is an example of what can be achieved and an inspiration to all people with disabilities."

* Read more about Ron's story in next week's I Can Do That supplement.
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Title Annotation:Community Champions
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 21, 2004
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