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Blindness and Visual Impairment

Blind man arrives in London following 750 mile cycle challenge in aid of RNIB

57-year-old Ken Reid, who is registered blind, arrived in the capital on 12 August, having cycled 750 miles from Edinburgh on a tandem to raise vital funds for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). Ken, who was diagnosed with degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa thirty years ago, visited all four of the UK’s capitals, as well as Dublin, during ... Read More »

Sport England funding will increase sporting opportunities for deafblind people

Grant of £424,958 has been awarded to national deafblind charity, Sense, to fund the ‘Sporting Sense’ project. Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded a grant of £424,958 from Sport England to increase opportunities for people with deafblindness to participate in sport and physical activity through its ‘Sporting Sense’ project. Sense will use the investment to continue developing a ... Read More »

Blind veteran from Worthing reunited with brother after 14 years

Two brothers who have not been in the same room for 14 years have been reunited by the charity that has supported both of them since losing their sight. 88-year-old Dennis Peel, from Worthing, and his brother Arnold Peel, 86, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, were reunited at Blind Veterans UK’s training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton this month. Both brothers are ... Read More »

Call for new national programme of free sight tests for all people with learning disabilities

In a report launched in parliament today (Tuesday 5 July) national disability charity SeeAbility will say NHS England’s national sight testing and funding system is letting down the one million people with learning disabilities in England. They and leading eye health organisation the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) are calling for an urgent overhaul of the system as there ... Read More »

Action for blind people Concept Birmingham team leader retires

Team leader of Birmingham conference centre retires after a decade of supporting blind people into work. Jo Parsons, team leader of Action for Blind People’s Concept Conference Centre, is leaving after 11 years of inspiring blind and partially sighted trainees. Jo was approached by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to set up the conference centre in 2005 to ... Read More »

RNIB comment on Marrakesh Treaty

RNIB Comment on the Marrakesh Treaty reaching 20 ratifications, the number needed for it to enter into force Dan Pescod, RNIB Campaigns Manager, said: “Being able to access books is vital for education, employment and for the pure pleasure of reading, and sight loss should not be a barrier. “It is fantastic news that Canada’s ratification means the Marrakesh Treaty ... Read More »

Sense celebrates Deafblind Awareness Week with activities across the UK

Deafblind Awareness Week runs from the 24 June – 3 July 2016 and aims to raise awareness of the issues facing people who are deafblind.  Theme this year is ‘older people’, with over 250,000 people aged over 70 living with sight and hearing loss. Events this year, include a deafblind art exhibition in London, a mass participation ‘sensory walk’ in Exeter and a ... Read More »

Three blind veterans make history at Sandhurst world championships

A team of three blind veterans have made history as they have become the first civilian team to compete at the Pace Sticking World Championships at Sandhurst today (16/06). Military charity Blind Veterans UK entered a team that, as well as being the first non-serving team to take part in the competition’s history, also has three of its members who ... Read More »

Baluji Shrivastav receives OBE for service to the music industry

Indian Music Maestro, Baluji Shrivastav, has received an OBE for his Services to the Music Industry in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list. The honour comes in recognition of his work as a musician, instrumentalist and founder of Inner Vision Orchestra – the UK’s only blind orchestra. Described by The Times as a ‘virtuoso multi-instrumentalist’, Baluji Shrivastav is one of ... Read More »

Ilham Zakiyev Harnesses the Energy Within

Ilham Zakiyev is a phenomenal Paralympic athlete from Azerbaijan. Ilham was shot during a combat mission in 1999 and as a result of this injury he lost his eyesight. He is a Judoka Paralympic and European Champion and will be fighting for a medal in Rio this summer at his 4th consecutive Paralympic Games. Watch this video to find out how he ... Read More »

Quality mark awarded to Council’s visual impairment team

Bradford Council’s visual impairment team, which is part of the sensory service, has been awarded a quality mark for the work they do in supporting children and young people with visual impairment across the Bradford District. The award is made by regional heads of visual impairment services across the Yorkshire and Humber. It follows a lengthy assessment process which included ... Read More »

US and South African blind veterans to visit UK and build bridges

  Blind military veterans from the US and South Africa headed to Llandudno to join Blind Veterans UK, for an exchange week beginning on Sunday (22/05). Members of the US organisation the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) visited Britain through an exchange programme between the Association and Blind Veterans UK called Project Gemini. Project Gemini enables Blind Veterans UK and the ... Read More »