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Chief Executive of Royal Blind to step down

The Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded has announced his retiral. Richard Hellewell has said he will retire from his position as Chief Executive in July 2017, after leading the two charities for the last ten years. During his time, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded achieved significant development and growth. Royal Blind established two adult residential ... 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 »

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 »

Sport England funding will increase sporting opportunities for deafblind people

Grant of £424,958 has been awarded to national deafblind charity, Sense, to fund the ‘Sporting Sense’ project. Sense, the national deafblind charity, has been awarded a grant of £424,958 from Sport England to increase opportunities for people with deafblindness to participate in sport and physical activity through its ‘Sporting Sense’ project. Sense will use the investment to continue developing a ... Read More »

Call for new national programme of free sight tests for all people with learning disabilities

In a report launched in parliament today (Tuesday 5 July) national disability charity SeeAbility will say NHS England’s national sight testing and funding system is letting down the one million people with learning disabilities in England. They and leading eye health organisation the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) are calling for an urgent overhaul of the system as there ... Read More »

Action for blind people Concept Birmingham team leader retires

Team leader of Birmingham conference centre retires after a decade of supporting blind people into work. Jo Parsons, team leader of Action for Blind People’s Concept Conference Centre, is leaving after 11 years of inspiring blind and partially sighted trainees. Jo was approached by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to set up the conference centre in 2005 to ... Read More »

RNIB comment on Marrakesh Treaty

RNIB Comment on the Marrakesh Treaty reaching 20 ratifications, the number needed for it to enter into force Dan Pescod, RNIB Campaigns Manager, said: “Being able to access books is vital for education, employment and for the pure pleasure of reading, and sight loss should not be a barrier. “It is fantastic news that Canada’s ratification means the Marrakesh Treaty ... Read More »

Sense celebrates Deafblind Awareness Week with activities across the UK

Deafblind Awareness Week runs from the 24 June – 3 July 2016 and aims to raise awareness of the issues facing people who are deafblind.  Theme this year is ‘older people’, with over 250,000 people aged over 70 living with sight and hearing loss. Events this year, include a deafblind art exhibition in London, a mass participation ‘sensory walk’ in Exeter and a ... Read More »

Three blind veterans make history at Sandhurst world championships

A team of three blind veterans have made history as they have become the first civilian team to compete at the Pace Sticking World Championships at Sandhurst today (16/06). Military charity Blind Veterans UK entered a team that, as well as being the first non-serving team to take part in the competition’s history, also has three of its members who ... 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 »

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 »