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Roommate, the revolutionary audio device for visual impairment

This month the CAA announced their new guidelines to British Airports in relation to their disabled passengers, including those with hidden disabilities. (Document CAP1411) To quote from the Introduction: “A disabled person and person with reduced mobility is defined in the Regulation as “any person whose mobility when using air transport is reduced due to any physical disability (sensory or ... Read More »

Birmingham blind charity takes expertise to the Middle East

A CHARITY that helps people cope with sight loss and disability is exporting its expertise to the Middle East after being invited to become involved in a leading European Union-funded project. After initially being invited to teach vision rehabilitation at the German Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan, Andrew Miller, optometry lead at charity Focus Birmingham’s Low Vision Centre, has been ... Read More »

Blind photography by Tammy Ruggles

Growing up, Tammy Ruggles always wanted to be a photographer like her hero Ansel Adams, but her progressive blinding disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, prevented her. She couldn’t read the settings on a camera, or see in a darkroom due to the night blindness that is associated with RP. But 2013 changed all of that, when she discovered how easy it was ... Read More »

Sense responds to news of Labour early years taskforce

National disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Labour Party intends to launch an early years taskforce looking into childcare provision and early-years learning. The taskforce, announced by shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, as part of this year’s Labour Party Conference, will aim to ensure that all children and parents have access to quality, affordable childcare. Sense, ... Read More »

Selby garden created by blind and partially sighted residents celebrates its official opening

A summer garden party marked the official opening of garden set up by blind and partially sighted people in Selby on Sunday 11 September 2016. The Optimeyes Garden was created by Selby District Vision (SDV), with the help of RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Members of SDV designed the garden ... 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 »

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 »

Blind double-amputee Shaun Stocker strides ahead in Pier to Pier Challenge

  On Easter Sunday a group of Royal Mail staff helped kick off blind veteran Shaun Stocker’s 100 kilometre Stocker’s Strides Challenge. Despite horrendous weather, local posties and sorting office workers from Bangor, Caernarfon and Llangefni depots walked 34 km pier to pier, from Llandudno to Bangor. In a show of support for Shaun and all blind veterans, they undertook ... Read More »

Charity celebrates 80 years of Talking Books by making service entirely free for people with sight loss

RNIB’s Talking Books service originally launched in 1935 to help soldiers blinded in the war. Talking Books, a service which provides 4,000 audio books every single day to people with sight loss, will be entirely free for all blind and partially sighted people from today. RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), the sight loss charity which runs the service, has made the announcement ... 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 »

Attitude is Everything partner with Venues Day 2015

 Attitude is Everything, the charity that campaigns for improved access to live music for millions of Deaf and disabled fans, has been announced as the latest partner for Venues Day 2015. Taking place at the Ministry of Sound on Tuesday 20th October, the one-day event is focused on the needs of small and medium scale music venues from across the UK who, alongside representatives ... Read More »