RNIB: £430k Heritage Lottery funding to open up museums and culture to people with sight loss

16 July 2015

£430k Heritage Lottery funding to open up museums and culture to people with sight loss A new project which will enable blind and partially sighted people to increase their independence when visiting heritage sites and museums has been awarded £438,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). CultureLink South East is a partnership project led by RNIB with the support of

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Fight for Sight: What’s on the horizon to treat inherited retinal diseases?

16 July 2015

A review of new and emerging technologies for treating inherited retinal conditions has been published in the prestigious open access journal Eye, part of the Nature group of publications. The review was carried out by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC) working with Fight for Sight, and followed on from the Sight Loss and Vision

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Welcome to the Weekly Update for VISION 2020 UK subscribers 15/07/2015

15 July 2015

News Thomas Pocklington Trust: Research on moving from DLA to PIP For the full story please go to: http://bit.ly/1Crc6Jf RNIB launches fully accessible ‘ready to go’ computer range: For the full story please go to http://bit.ly/1eWFNH0 Cardiff University is the first training provider approved to offer the Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision For the full story please go to

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Living with Sight Loss course to be launched in Buckinghamshire

15 July 2015

Coping with sight loss should become less daunting for people in Buckinghamshire, with a free, one-day course, designed to help boost confidence and develop independent living skills. Run by BucksVision and Action for Blind People, the course will be held at BucksVision’s Head Office in Meadowcroft, Aylesbury on Wednesday 22 July. The charities are inviting people with sight loss, their

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Haag-Streit UK announced as second headline sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize 2015

15 July 2015

Haag-Streit UK are set to share their latest innovations, products and news with optometrists from the length and breadth of the UK after being announced as joint headline sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize 2015 alongside Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize 2015, the College of Optometrists’ one-day conference that brings together the best sessions from the College’s annual

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RNIB: Blind photographer nets his dream role at former FA Cup winners Portsmouth FC

15 July 2015

A registered blind man has netted his dream of becoming an official photographer at former FA Cup winning side Portsmouth FC despite only having 25 percent vision in each eye. Dave Taylor, whose restricted sight is also tunnelled, has not let his disability stand in his way of shooting all the action for the club’s reserve, academy and ladies teams.

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Fight for Sight: Gene therapy gives long-term protection to photoreceptor cells in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

15 July 2015

A collaboration between scientists in the UK and the USA has shown that gene therapy can give life-long protection to the light-sensitive photoreceptor cells responsible for colour vision in a mouse model of the most common inherited eye disorder. Results published in the journal Molecular Therapy demonstrate that the preserved cells were able to drive visually-guided behaviour, even in later

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RNIB launches fully accessible ‘ready to go’ computer range

13 July 2015

Blind and partially sighted people can now buy from a range of new accessible computers, products which come ready loaded with either JAWS or MAGic magnification software Working together with Sight and Sound Technology and Freedom Scientific, RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has launched five computer models with preloaded JAWS speech software or MAGic screen magnification software. This

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Cardiff University is the first training provider approved to offer the Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision

13 July 2015

Cardiff University has been approved by the College of Optometrists to offer the Higher Professional Certificate in Low Vision. Cardiff University will be the first higher education institution to offer this specialist qualification, designed to enable optometrists to progress in their careers and offer their patients enhanced services. Students will be able to enrol from now and until 21 August

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Thomas Pocklington Trust: Research on moving from DLA to PIP

9 July 2015

Vision impaired? Claiming PIP? You could get involved in a research project about the experiences of vision impaired people and people with combined hearing and sight loss who are moving from DLA to PIP. Researchers from NatCen Social Research are doing a project about the experiences of vision impaired people and people with combined hearing and sight loss. They are

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