Amin Britton, who has been blind for most of his life, had to overcome many obstacles in order to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, including course materials that were incompatible with his screen reader software. But most of his instructors were helpful when he asked them to change the formats of the materials so that they were usable.
Britton, a resident of Linden, was diagnosed with Glaucoma when he was two years old. He was unable to continue his treatment for the condition nonetheless owing to financial limitations. He gradually lost his sight as a result, and by the time he was 14 he was entirely blind in both eyes.
Determined to become gainfully employed despite his disability, Britton enrolled at University of Guyana in 2018 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
During a telephone conversation with They Break News on Wednesday, Britton related that the Centre for Communication Studies became like a new family to him despite warnings that the atmosphere on campus is one of dog-eat-dog.
“UG exceeded my expectations; I never felt out of place among my peers,” he said.
Britton is currently employed as a radio host on the ‘Rush Vibes’ on Massive FX Radio in Linden but he refuses to settle with just a university degree. He said he plans to pursue a master’s degree in communication with a focus on social change in September.
In order to inspire people with disabilities to follow their aspirations and never limit what they can do, he also plans to launch his own radio and television programme.
“My programme will teach them that they are in control of how they want the world to perceive them,” he explained.
As he prepares to grace the University of Guyana’s stage for its convocation ceremony later this month, Britton is reassuring persons living with disabilities and the general public that they can achieve whatever they believe.
This year, UG’s graduation exercises will combine in-person and online participation with the majority of the graduands attending face-to-face. On the university’s Facebook page, a live broadcast of the event will be available.
Close to three thousand graduands, the largest ever in the history of the University of Guyana, will proudly walk the graduation stage, both face-to-face and some virtually, over the next two weekends when the institution hosts its 56th Convocation. The Convocation ceremonies for the Turkeyen graduands will be held at the National Cultural Centre on December 9th and 10th and on December 17 at the UG Berbice Campus for the Tain graduands.