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Blindness and Visual Impairment

RNIB makes Newsagent service free for blind and partially sighted children under 16

  Magazines including National Geographic Kids and BBC Horrible Histories now free for young people using RNIB Newsagent The RNIB Newsagent service, which delivers the latest news, magazines and stories in a range of accessible formats to people with sight loss, is now free for under 16’s. By working closely with publishers RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) aim ... Read More »

National sight loss charity shortlisted for an award – thanks to its beneficiaries

National sight loss charity Blind Veterans UK has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in the sight loss sector, with the help of some of the blind ex-Service men and women it supports. The Vision Pioneer Awards 2016, run by NB Online and the UK Vision Strategy, received more than 50 entries across all six award categories. Blind Veterans UK ... Read More »

Blind artist from East Midlands uses blow torch to create art work with leather

Claire Lawrence, who is registered blind, is exhibiting her new work at the Lexus Leicester showroom on 7 May and is urging other budding artists with sight loss to keep following their dreams. Claire, who is 31 and lives in Syston, was diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition Autosomal Retinitis Pigmentosa when she was 8yrs old. Claire explains her work: ... Read More »

Tactile maps pave the way for improved access for blind people at railway stations

Blind and partially sighted train travellers can now navigate their way around more railway stations thanks to the arrival of new tactile maps which can be read by touch or sight. Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has worked closely with Virgin Trains to help it become the first train company to install ‘RNIB Maps ... Read More »

New Julian Fellowes book to be released simultaneously by RNIB Library

  Blind and partially sighted readers can enjoy Julian Fellowes’s new book ‘Belgravia’ before it is published in hardback or paperback. The ‘Belgravia’ audio book, read by actress Juliet Stevenson, will be available to read on RNIB Overdrive at the very same time as it is released each week on a special app and via Audible. Julian Fellowes’s ‘Belgravia’ is ... Read More »

Blind Veterans UK’s beneficiary recruitment advert in Good Housekeeping magazine

A record number of 875 new blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women in the UK are set to receive support from national military charity Blind Veterans UK, according to new figures. In Blind Veterans UK’s 101-year history, the charity saw more veterans than ever before come forward for its free specialist services and support in the 2015/16 financial ... Read More »

Transport App Moovit Releases Version 4.10 With Accessible Features for Blind Community

New Features Focused on Accessibility Enable More Blind Users to Navigate Public Transportation Than Any Other Transit App Moovit, the world’s leading local transit app, has just released Version 4.10 on both Android and iOS, with accessibility functionality that will help the blind community travel on public transport with greater ease. Worldwide, nearly 40 million people live with blindness, and ... Read More »

New housing development in Birmingham for visually impaired

A new supported housing development has been officially unveiled in Birmingham specialising in aiding people with visual impairments and disability. Visually impaired resident Delphine Nurse was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of Millward Place, in Monyhull Hall Road, Kings Norton. The development is the result of a partnership between sight loss charity Focus Birmingham ... Read More »

Confessions of a Guide Dog audio-book

  Confessions of a Guide Dog is the story of Uska, written by his owner Joanne Roberts. Joanne lost most of her sight 14 years ago as a result of diabetes and was registered blind. Uska has been her guiding companion for the past 8 years, and during their time together they’ve had lots of adventures, which Joanne decided to ... Read More »

RNIB launches the UK’s largest community of blind and partially sighted people

A brand new community has been launched this week by RNIB, to bring together people with sight loss from across the UK. RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has launched RNIB Connect, the UK’s biggest community for people with sight loss. The new community will give members the opportunity to connect with each other, share information and offer mutual ... Read More »

New Development in Birmingham for visually impaired people

A supported housing development has opened in Birmingham specialising in supporting people with visual impairments and disability. Millward Place, in Monyhull Hall Road, Kings Norton, is the result of a partnership between sight loss charity Focus Birmingham and Bromford. The aim of the ‘My Place’ model is to raise the aspirations of people with long term health or support needs ... Read More »

Blind veteran baking festive treats

Broadway vision impaired veteran looks forward to baking festive treats after support from Blind Veterans UK. A vision impaired National Service veteran from Broadway is looking forward to baking cakes and puddings for his family’s Christmas feast this year after a national military charity helped him to build his confidence in the kitchen. Earlier this year, Graham Smith, 78, visited ... Read More »