Martin Ralfe - Blind Since Birth

Howdy, I’m Martin Ralfe, and I have been blind since birth. I’m a father, a husband, and a technologist.

I attended mainstream education from 18 months old through to further education. Originally, I left school with 12 GCSEs and was on my way to building my career in youth work and sports development. However, it was around the time of choosing a college course I decided to change things up and go into computing.

Since then, I’ve completed several Microsoft Certifications including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and Server Administrator certs, and I am a Certified SCRUM master and SCRUM Product Owner. I have an extensive skillset in digital areas, including project management, service design, user research, service delivery, accessibility, and digital inclusion.

I’m a father to two brilliant children, one of which has inherited some of my eye conditions. This encourages me to advocate for inclusion in education.

I have a German Shepherd Guide Dog called Diesel who is nine, and we’ve been a partnership since August 2017.

I’m a solution seeker. I love technology, and want it to continue to empower people with sight loss. I strive to be a part of it and help ensure technology and digital services are accessible.

Through my content, I hope to provide insights into living with visual impairments, and share snippets of my life that may help you to navigate sight loss.

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    Explaining guide dogs to children

    Posted May 2024
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    Guide dog retirement

    Posted May 2024
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    Commuting with a guide dog

    Posted May 2024
  • Smiling picture of man's face on left. Same man is pictured on the right with the question 'were your parents sight impaired?' written on top

    Are my parents sight impaired?

    Posted Apr 2024
  • A smiling picture of a man's face on the left. On the right is an image of him outside, taking his baby for a walk as a blind Dad with his guide dog.

    Taking my baby for a walk as a blind Dad

    Posted Apr 2024
  • A smiling picture of Martin on the left, and an image of him walking his guide dog on the right.

    When a guide dog poops?

    Posted Apr 2024
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