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Kevin James Randall Jones, 22

Updated: Nov 15, 2022


Where are you from?

I am from Garden River First Nation. I reserve in Ontario, Canada


Where do you live now?

I still live in Garden River

Kevin with the sun on his face taking a selfie. Eye Impairment, Eye Loss, Visual Impairment, Half Blind Football Player
Kevin's eye impairment journey

Tell me about yourself.

My traditional name is Oshke ayaabe (young buck). I was given that name when I was about 14 years old. I grew up in Garden River and I had a really good time growing up there. I grew up poor, but somehow, my single mother was always able to put food on the table, which I am grateful for. I’ll always be grateful for my mom I love her so much, I am a momma’s boy. I started playing hockey when I was 11 and I still play. I grew up playing sports and my mom would always be too nervous to watch my games but that’s okay I always had fun. I played football, basketball, and baseball. Hockey is my favorite sport. My goal is to get back into college and actually graduate. I completed one semester in fitness and health and then I withdrew because of mental health issues.


Kevin with his football buddies. Blue jersey's walking off the field. Eye Impairment, Eye Loss, Visual Impairment, Half Blind Football Player
Kevin's Visual Impairment Journey

What’s your EYE story?

Since birth, I was only able to see out of one eye although I have a second eye it didn’t form or grow. I forget what type of vision it’s called, my Ocularist told me but I just forget. I wasn’t hit or poked in the eye I just got dealt this type of hand. When I was 7 I got my first prosthetic but I didn’t like it because it was too painful. I tried again when I was 17 but lost that one. I most recently got a glass eye last year that I still use.


What has been the most challenging thing mentally?

Being around people or being in public. I always think that people think of me differently because of my eye which is actually okay I understand but the thought really sucks.

Kevin smiling taking a selfie. Eye Impairment, Eye Loss, Visual Impairment, Half Blind Football Player
Kevin

What has been the most challenging thing physically?

Nothing really I feel like I can do just as much compared to a person who has two eyes. But my depth perception isn’t that great.


Where are you now in your recovery?

I don’t have a recovery story because it’s just the way I have always been.


[Edited for clarity by @jacobfromutah]



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