Paralympic athlete and former Royal Blind School pupil Libby Clegg is our brand ambassador. At 24, Libby has achieved more than most people achieve in a lifetime. She has travelled the world, won Gold at the Commonwealth Games and two silver medals in the Beijing and London Paralympics. She is Scotland’s golden girl of athletics and has been nominated for awards such as Scotswoman of the Year and Spotswoman of the Year.
Libby has a deteriorating eye condition called Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease, which means she only has slight peripheral vision in her left eye.
“Being at the Royal Blind School has given me a confidence I would never have had if I’d stayed in mainstream education. I would never have had the confidence to travel independently and would never have been able to speak in public. Now I have to do all of these things all of the time. I didn't come to the Royal Blind School until I was 12. I was a really shy person with very low self esteem. I had not had the best experience at the mainstream secondary school and felt very isolated and different. At the mainstream school, they tried to cater for my needs and I wasn't the only visually impaired person, but they didn't have the facilities or the staff. I often ended up with the naughty kids".
"The Royal Blind School taught me to value myself and never be embarrassed by my disability.”