Optometry Scotlland: Updated GOS terms announced for Scotland. Regulation changes focus on person-centred care

4 October 2018
Source: Optometry Scotland

New terms for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) came into force in Scotland on 1st October, following negotiations between the Scottish Government and Optometry Scotland. The updates build on the recommendations made in The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017, more than 10 years after the introduction of free NHSfunded eye examinations in Scotland. The new arrangements give

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RNIB Scotland is working with bus operators across the country to make bus journeys more accessible. Is there a local bus service you’d like to tell us about?

25 September 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

Whether good or bad, we want to hear from you. Rate your bus journey and help us identify  which services across the country are great or could-do-better. Please note: we may send your feedback to the bus company you have reviewed, we’ll remove your name so you won’t be identified. Rate your bus journey questionnaire

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FE News: New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

21 August 2018
Source: FE news

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school. However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils. The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that

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Louise Hunter has been appointed as the new CEO at Visibility.

31 May 2018
Source: Visibility

Louise is currently Interim Chief Executive at Visualise Scotland and has worked across the  fields of homelessness, community safety, gender based violence; and community justice. She has a BSc (Honours) in Psychology; a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and is currently working towards an MBA. Louise is passionate about the third sector and the ability to make a real difference, and is

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Too many Scots with diabetes are failing to attend check-ups that can save their sight, warn charities

8 May 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

              The charities RNIB Scotland and Diabetes Scotland have been nominated for a major award for a campaign created to highlight the potential threat diabetes can pose to people’s eyesight. But they warn that too many people living with the condition in Scotland are failing to attend vital eye-screening examinations that can pick up

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BBC Scotland: Rise in pupils with visual impairments

2 May 2018
Source: BBC Scotland

The number of children with a significant visual impairment has doubled in Scotland’s schools over the past eight years, figures show. Experts said the rise was largely down to the improved survival rates of premature babies. There is also more recognition for forms of sight loss that affect the brain rather than the eyes. Professionals and parents are concerned the

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Scotland’s new social security system will ‘fall at the first hurdle if basic information isn’t accessible, warns sight loss charity RNIB

24 April 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

Scotland’s new social security system could be the first in the UK to ensure that all its information is fully accessible to people with disabilities. The requirement will be passed into law if the Scottish Parliament back amendments lodged by Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire and supported by Central Scotland MSP Mark Griffin in the stage 3 debate on the

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RNIB Scotland: Edinburgh woman to do all four Kiltwalks to raise funds for books for the blind

26 February 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

An Edinburgh woman who has sight loss is to embark on all four Kiltwalks in Scotland to raise funds for audio-books for the blind. Annette West from Leith has macular degeneration, the most common cause of visual impairment in Britain, which erodes the central vision of the eye. The Kiltwalks allow anyone to raise funds for the charities and causes

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Scotland’s new welfare benefits system will ‘fall at the first hurdle’ if information is not accessible to all, warns sight loss charity

2 February 2018

Moves to ensure blind and partially sighted people get information about welfare benefits in formats such as audio or braille received a boost yesterday when MSPs backed an amendment to the Welfare and the Social Security (Scotland) Bill by sight loss charity RNIB Scotland. The charity says it welcomed the devolution of eleven key disability benefits – including disability living

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