‘I’m blind but technology keeps me alive’

Elodie Bateson has been blind since birth.

But the 11-year-old boy from Limavady has become an expert at making short animations.

She uses voice-enabled tablets and specialized braille technology to help her make movies.

It gives her detailed descriptions as she works, and audio prompts also allow her to take pictures.

She told BBC News NI: “I start out by drawing balls, then I make them move and put music and effects on them, I love the technology.”

Elodie and her family received technology training through the Family Insight Project, a partnership between Angel Eyes and the RNIB.

Elodie’s mother Michelle said: ‘It’s great for Elodie because she now relies on this technology to make her eyes.

The Family Insight project has received nearly £700,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Video journalist: Niall McCracken

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