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Blindness and Visual Impairment

Sports Student in Judo Medal Haul

University of Wolverhampton Sports Coaching student, Jack Hodgson, added a recent bronze medal win to a growing list of accolades when he took part in the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships in Portugal recently. Jack, 19 from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, is a Commonwealth gold medallist in Judo who has Ushers Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that can ... Read More »

Living with hearing loss relief

National deafblind charity Sense has today (19 November) commended North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s decision not to restrict hearing aid provision.  The charity has previously been critical of North Staffordshire CCG’s decision to withdraw NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate adult-onset hearing loss.  Sense argued that cuts to hearing aid provision were not cost  effective as it would reduce the quality of life for ... Read More »

#sensoryselfie

In anticipation for an article I am writing in the next issue, here’s my Sensory Selfie. People all over the world live with a sensory processing issue. Sensory selfies are a way to spread awareness on social media some of the difficulties people face every day with senses such as sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste, movement, balance and body awareness. ... Read More »

Young blind and partially sighted campaigners meet with MPs during Parliament visit

A group of young campaigners with sight loss travelled to the Houses of Parliament on 14th October to experience Westminster life and met with the Minister for Disabled People. The campaigners, aged 18-30 years, are part of a campaigning network called Envision set up by sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). The event followed a ‘campaigner ... Read More »

British Blind Sport launches Christmas fundraising campaign on World Sight Day

 In the UK, there are an estimated 25,000 children under sixteen years old, who are blind or partially sighted. Approximately 64 per cent of those are educated in mainstream schools (RNIB survey of VI services, 2012). Many children with visual impairments face barriers in physical activity. The reasons for this can include poor inclusive PE teaching and limited access to ... Read More »

Sense’s warning to NSCCG

 National deafblind charity Sense has responded to North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s implemented changes to hearing aid provision. The charity, which supports and campaigns for people with dual sensory loss, has expressed serious concerns regarding the decision to restrict NHS funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate adult-onset hearing loss. Sue Brown, Head of Public Policy at Sense ... Read More »

Sense comments on stem cell operation

 National deafblind charity Sense has commented on the news that British surgeons in London have carried out a pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in an ongoing trial to find a cure for blindness. Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive at Sense, said: “If this ground breaking operation fulfils its aim it has the potential to transform the lives of the ... Read More »

Sense launches inquiry

 Sense, the national Deafblind charity, has launched ‘The Case for Play’ inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs, in England and Wales. Sense is calling for evidence from parents of children with multiple needs, specialists from the disability sector and practitioners. The inquiry report will be issued in early 2016. Play is a ... Read More »

Sense Promotes Better Play As Part Of Deafblind Awareness Week

A new report published today by a national charity, Sense states that parents of deafblind and disabled children need more support in getting better access to play opportunities for their children. The report is released as part of Deafblind Awareness Week 2015 (22 – 28 June) and Sense is urging people to be more aware of ways to include deafblind ... Read More »

A pioneering facial recognition cane for the blind

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University.   The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, being developed by ICT students Steve Adigbo, Waheed Rafiq and Richard Howlett, uses smartphone technology to recognise familiar faces from up to 10m away. The cane also features GPS functionality to aid ... Read More »

Sense welcomes the introduction of Codes of Practice and Regulations

National charity Sense has today (May 8) welcomed new legislative developments on social care in Wales which will see stronger rights and entitlements for deafblind children and adults. The Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Mark Drakeford, has today introduced to the Welsh Assembly the first tranche of Codes of Practice and Regulations under the new Social ... Read More »

Ignorance towards blind people being passed from generation to generation

New research from Blind Children UK, a leading charity for children and young people with sight loss, has revealed that children with sight loss are encountering an alarming level of prejudice amongst both their peers and, perhaps more disturbingly, adults too. The study, entitled “Parents and the playground: a study of attitudes towards children and young people with sight loss”, ... Read More »