At the age of 4, Steve was diagnosed with degenerative pigmentary retinitis which means that his vision would be limited to 10% and that his field of vision would be restricted to the size of looking through a drinking straw. Moreover, his doctors also advised his parents that his vision could remain stable or it could deteriorate to the point of completely losing his vision.
At the age of 8 (grade 3), Steve’s vision unfortunately deteriorated and this life event was very trying since he had to learn to work with a white cane for the blind.
Steve’s entry into high school was one of the most difficult steps in his journey due to having to fight to gain access into the regular school program, as well as being subjected to bullying from his peers. Up to this point, Steve had always been welcomed and treated as a regular person notwithstanding his disability. This time proved to be different as he was excluded from his Phys. Ed. class (his favourite class). This denial led him to feel very isolated.
Nonetheless, Steve met a friend of his father’s by chance one day on a walk with his dog. This gentleman kindly introduced him to a football team. Those four years were marvelous as he had a chance to play on this team and accumulate a few records. Unfortunately, he had to stop playing football and he had to abandon his studies as his vision was rapidly declining. His situation obliged him to move to Quebec City since he now had to learn braille while learning to function as a visually impaired person.
Steve only resumed his studies several years after his recovery and readaptation. He started by completing his last year of high school to then embark on a college accounting course. However, he was not able to complete the program since the tools used were not adapted for a person with a visual disability. His instructor suggested he apply to university. Steve doubted his ability to do so at first, however, he quickly realized he possessed all of the skills necessary to succeed. Steve is currently completing his multidisciplinary Bachelor’s degree at Laval University. Next fall, he will finally be the holder of a Bachelor’s degree, an accomplishment of which he is very proud.
Adept at sport, Steve has had the opportunity to play several different ones, however, he has fallen in love with shot put and has been playing the sport for the past three years. There are only two blind shot put players in Canada and Steve’s dream is to join the Canadian team.