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Blindness and Visual Impairment

Smart glasses for the blind

A simple trip to the shops, or a short walk, can be difficult for sight-impaired people. But now smart glasses, developed to help people with limited vision avoid walking into obstacles, are being trialled in public spaces for the first time. The high-tech specs are designed to give registered blind people greater freedom, make facial features easier to see, as ... Read More »

Support for Sightsavers’ campaign set to break target

Since the online launch of Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture Campaign in February, the development charity has seen a surge in public support for the cause with over 13,000 people signing the online petition. Celebrities, sporting heroes and politicians have also been adding their names to the roll call including Lorraine Kelly, Haydn Gwynne, Sunetra Sarker, Kelly Gallagher, Ben ... Read More »

World’s Largest Harry Potter Books? Blind Children UK presents vision impaired eight-year-old with giant Harry Potter books, signed by the author

The magical world of Harry Potter is being opened up to eight-year-old Kayleigh Ann Hayes thanks to Blind Children UK (, the leading charity for children and young people with vision impairments. Blind Children UK has presented Kayleigh with the complete series of the Harry Potter books in a font large enough for her to read, signed by the author, ... Read More »

Silent film by talented students to receive world premiere

Birmingham Hippodrome in association with Open Theatre Company are currently working with staff and students from Queensbury Special School in Erdington to produce Queensbury Capers, a short silent ‘slapstick film’ which will receive its world premiere at The Electric Cinema, Birmingham on 26 June. Read More »

Student inspired by his sister to volunteer for charity

Andy Skinner, an 18-year-old student is calling for volunteers to take part in Sense Holidays, a unique holiday programme for deafblind children and adults taking place in various locations across England and Wales in July and August this year.  Andy, who is studying Occupational Therapy at Bournemouth University, was inspired to volunteer by his older sister, Emma (22), who is ... Read More »

Braille isn’t ’embattled’ – we’re on the cusp of a golden age for blind people

Imagine a situation where you walk into your favourite restaurant and ask for the menu, only to be told it isn’t available. Chances are it wouldn’t stay your favourite for very long.  As a braillist – someone who uses braille – the dream for me is when the opposite happens. A small number of chain restaurants offer menus in braille; sometimes, they’re ... Read More »

Drug lets blind eyes ‘see light’

A drug can restore the ability of the eye to sense light after blindness, animal studies show. Reacting to light is the job of the rods and cones in the retina, but these can be destroyed by disease. A study, in the journal Neuron, showed a chemical could give “support-duty cells” in the eye the power to respond readily to light. Read More »

Patients with rare sight disorder get vision partly restored via gene therapy

Two men with progressive blindness have regained some of their vision after taking part in the first clinical trial of a gene therapy for the condition. The men were among six patients to have experimental treatment for a rare, inherited, disorder called choroideremia, which steadily destroys eyesight and leaves people blind in middle age. Read More »