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Intellectual impairment doesn't stop Jayde from goals

JAYDE Wood may be legally blind and have an intellectual impairment but that doesn't get in the way of his dreams.

The 17-year-old has completed his final year of schooling at Maryborough Special School and he's already on his way to fulfilling his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award - which would make him the youngest person ever to receive this award.

The passionate gaming enthusiast caught up with the Chronicle on Thursday to share his big dreams for his future.

As part of the criteria for his Duke of Edinburgh Award, Jayde needs to complete 60 hours of work experience.

Maryborough's Jade Wood may be intellectually impaired and legally blind, but that doesn't stop him from creating audio music segments for a community radio station.
Maryborough's Jade Wood may be intellectually impaired and legally blind, but that doesn't stop him from creating audio music segments for a community radio station. Jordan Philp

Each week Jayde submits a USB with audio files he creates through a program where does things like introducing upcoming songs and gaming topics which goes live on Fraser Coast Community Radio FM

Jayde also has his own YouTube channel called GraveDigger67 which is all about his love for gaming.

The passionate teenager was diagnosed with an intellectual impairment when he was in grade one and later found out he was legally blind.

Jayde can't see at night and during the day he doesn't see a lot of detail and he gets colours mixed up

But he never lets his health conditions get in the way of his goals and dreams.

"I can't change it so why should I let it ruin my life," Jayde said.

When he was younger he remembers saying to his mum "I can't watch the Simpson's in black and white."

Jayde's other achievements include winning the Caltex award which is given to the student of the year and he's also been granted his silver and bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards.

He hopes to fulfil his dream of getting the gold award and would like to grow his YouTube channel.

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