BMJ Open: Support for infants and young people with sight loss: a qualitative study of sight impairment certification and referral to education and social care services

4 January 2016
Source: BMJ Open/RNIB

Objectives of this research were to examine the experience of infants, children and their parents, the role of Ophthalmologists and other health, social care and education professionals in the certification and registration processes and examine the relationship between certification and referrals and pathways to support. For the full report please go to: Article on certification and registration of children

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Invitation to this year’s Visionary Conference, co-hosted by Visionary and VISION 2020 UK.

21 August 2015

Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to invite you to this year’s Visionary Conference, co-hosted by Visionary and VISION 2020 UK on 20-21 October in Edinburgh. This year’s theme is ‘Leading for Change – Delivering the Future Together’ which is reflected throughout the 16 workshops on offer to delegates over the two-day programme.  The workshops will cover a range of topics

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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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RLSB Vacancy: Assistive Technology Officer (London)

14 July 2015

RLSB is looking for an enthusiastic and motivating Assistive Technology Officer to provide advice and information to vision impaired young people. This will include identifying the ways in which access technology equipment can improve independence and job related skills; demonstrating different types of equipment; providing training and support for those learning to use equipment of the first time; running access

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