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Entrepreneur’s gong nomination after helping blind people access technology

A Motherwell entrepreneur has been nominated for a national award for his work to help those with sight loss access and use technology.

Fraser Fleming formed the non-profit organisation, TripleTapTech, alongside friend Graham Gunning.

Both men, who are registered blind, formed the company in 2018 and have helped hundreds of people access a variety of programmes on their phones, tablets and PCs.

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Fraser, 37, has made it to the shortlist of finalists for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award from the National Diversity Awards making the final eight out of 50,000 nominations.

The excited entrepreneur told Lanarkshire Live : “This year alone we have helped over 100 individuals.

“I feel this proves that even with a sever disability you can go out and make a difference and succeed at your dreams.

“I am registered blind myself and use my own extensive knowledge and experience to try and help as many others as possible. To be nominated for such an award is incredible.

“I have no idea who nominated me so I’ll need to slip them some money!”

TripleTapTech relies specifically on helping clients face-to-face.

Due to the pandemic, Fraser and Graham faced a number of challenges but have managed to battle through.

“Due to Covid we have had to completely change the way we did things,” Fraser added.

“For the first few months we went back to our previous clients and asked if they needed extra assistance.

“We then had to work on various techniques but it was difficult as it is much easier to describe it to someone when you are sitting next to someone rather than on the end of the phone or behind a screen.”

Fraser lost his eyesight due to diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye.

He believes technology can contribute to visually impaired people’s freedom and independence and hopes he can help even more people in the coming months.

He added: “I am totally blind in my left eye and the best way I can describe my right eye is looking through a mirror in a steamy bathroom.

“But thanks to technology I can do so much more. I live in Forgewood and thanks to technology I can get out and live a normal life.

“For example, if I want to go to McDonald’s I have a programme on my phone which connects to my earphones and that tells me exactly where to go, crossings and other places of interest.

“I’m a positive person and I’ve had diabetes since I was very young.

“I still think I’m lucky to still have a very good life despite my sight loss.”

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