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Blindness and Visual Impairment

British Team announced for first ever International Blind Tennis Tournament

Six tennis players have been selected for the Great Britain team to contest the International Blind Tennis Tournament in Spain next month, becoming the first ever visually impaired players to represent the nation on the international stage. The team will be managed by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, and will travel to Alfaz del Pí on the ... Read More »

Blind Veterans UK announce highest figures for beneficiary recruitment

A record number of 940 new ex-Service men and women with sight loss in the UK are set to receive support from national charity Blind Veterans UK, according to new figures. Since 1915, Blind Veterans UK has supported more than 35,000 veterans to overcome the challenges of sight loss. In the 2016/17 financial year, more veterans than ever before accessed ... Read More »

Arriva sign up to RNIB’s Bus Charter

Arriva UK Bus has signed up to RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for customers with sight loss. The UK’s five main bus operators [1] have now pledged their commitment to the Charter. RNIB’s Bus Charter sets out 13 commitments Arriva will make to improve bus travel for passengers. To mark this ... Read More »

Go-Ahead sign up to RNIB’s Bus Charter

Go-Ahead has signed up to RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for passengers with sight loss. The bus operator has pledged its support for the Bus Charter, which sets out 13 commitments to improve bus travel. RNIB has worked with Go-Ahead’s regional bus operators holding local Swap with Me events. During the ... Read More »

Harry Hall hi-viz finds a new role helping Gartmore Riding School

A BHS-approved riding school near Walsall is using Harry Hall hi-viz KIT to help teach riders with visual impairments and other disabilities. Gartmore Riding School has worked with Birmingham’s Priestley Smith School for the visually impaired for four years. When they came across Harry Hall’s Safety First range — some of which has integrated lights as well as hiviz and ... Read More »

British Blind Sport and RDA launch guide to visually impaired equestrian sport

British Blind Sport and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) are proud to launch a new educational resource, designed to support visually impaired (VI) people who take part in equestrian sport and activities. National charities, British Blind Sport and the RDA are working in partnership to better understand the needs of visually impaired people when accessing equestrian sport. With support ... Read More »

Blind veteran Simon Brown shortlisted in Sunday Express People’s Choice category at Soldiering On Awards 2017

An Iraq War veteran who was blinded in conflict has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ category sponsored by the Sunday Express in the seventh annual Soldiering On Awards. Simon Brown, 38 and from Leeds, was nominated for the award by national military charity Blind Veterans UK, which has supported him since he lost his sight. The Soldiering On ... Read More »

RNIB launches ‘In Your Pocket’ making reading accessible for people with sight loss

‘In Your Pocket’ is an easy to use, voice controlled media reader, specifically designed for blind and partially sighted people. It combines a stand-alone Samsung media player, O2 connectivity and RealSAM interactive speech software together with a subscription to RNIB Library and Newsagent. The interactive software enables blind and partially sighted people to access their favourite books, magazines, newspapers and ... Read More »

Deputy First Minister visits Royal Blind School

The Royal Blind School played host to the Deputy First Minister on Wednesday 22 February. John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, was invited to the Royal Blind School to see how it delivers education and care to young people with visual impairment, including some with complex needs. The school is run by national ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Nystagmus through Virtual Reality

Novel research at the University of Sheffield has produced a virtual reality smartphone app to allow healthy individuals to experience the debilitating effects of Nystagmus, an eye condition that can be acquired through conditions such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Nystagmus is an eye movement disorder where the eyes wobble uncontrollably, leading to significant visual impairment. If nystagmus develops early ... Read More »

Improvement of Employer Attitudes Crucial for Disabled Jobseekers

National disability charity responds to new findings from the Centre for Social Justice, and calls for the Government to actively work with employers to promote disabled people. New polling from the Centre for Social Justice showed that two thirds (63 per cent) of HR decision makers think there are barriers to hiring disabled people, and that only a third (33 ... Read More »

Roommate, the revolutionary audio device for visual impairment

This month the CAA announced their new guidelines to British Airports in relation to their disabled passengers, including those with hidden disabilities. (Document CAP1411) To quote from the Introduction: “A disabled person and person with reduced mobility is defined in the Regulation as “any person whose mobility when using air transport is reduced due to any physical disability (sensory or ... Read More »