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Blindness and Visual Impairment

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 »

Chief Executive of Royal Blind to step down

The Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded has announced his retiral. Richard Hellewell has said he will retire from his position as Chief Executive in July 2017, after leading the two charities for the last ten years. During his time, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded achieved significant development and growth. Royal Blind established two adult residential ... Read More »

Fundraisers challenged to go ‘blind’ for a day for visual impairment charity

  People across the country are being challenged to blindfold themselves for a day to raise money for Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind. Partnered with a buddy for the duration of the #Blind4Day challenge, participants will be sponsored to go about their daily activities, gaining an insight into the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people. The challenge ... Read More »

Lincolnshire Disability Centre to Receive Royal Visitor

Sense patron, HRH The Princess Royal, will visit the charity’s day service in Bourne HRH The Princess Royal will visit the Sense day service in Bourne, Lincolnshire on February 3. HRH The Princess Royal, who has been a patron of Sense since 1989, will visit the national disability charity’s local centre, which supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or ... Read More »