Wednesday , 26 April 2017
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Blindness and Visual Impairment

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 »

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 »