Design Council Spark: The Home Innovation Challenge Showcase. Application deadline extended

18 April 2019
Source: Design Council

The call for applications to Design Council Spark 2019 – The Home Innovation Challenge is now open. This year they’re looking for innovative product ideas that will make life at home easier and better for all. Application deadline extended: There have been a lot of applications through and due to popular demand, we’ve decided to give you some extra time!

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GOC registrants demonstrate their continued fitness to practise

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16 April 2019
Source: General Optical Council

New figures released by the General Optical Council (GOC) today show that the vast majority of optical practitioners have maintained their commitment to their profession by meeting their Continuing Education Training (CET) requirements. The GOC removed 392 individual practitioners from its register for failing to meet their CET requirements – less than 2% of registrants. Marcus Dye, GOC Head of

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Galloways: Vacancy: Head of Services

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16 April 2019
Source: Galloways

Post: Head of Services Reports to: Chief Executive Responsible for Strategic and business development of services Contract type: Permanent (part time may be considered) Hours: 37 hours per week Salary: £37,000 to £40,000 negotiable and dependent on experience Location: Preston About you The Head of Services is responsible for bringing about positive changes for people who are living with a visual impairment

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NICE are looking for members for the children and young people with disabilities and severe complex needs guideline committee

16 April 2019
Source: NICE

NICE are looking for members to join the children and young people with disabilities and severe complex needs guideline committee. Closing date: 10am, Monday 29 April 2019. Time commitment: 2 years. NICE are looking for: A range of health, social care or education professionals and service providers with demonstrable relevant experience and knowledge in the field of children and young

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AOP: Open letter – IT connectivity for primary optical care

15 April 2019
Source: The AOP

Open letter to Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells at NHS England from the AOP, ABDO, FODO and LOCSU. Dear Simon and Matthew We are writing to you urgently on behalf of the representative bodies for the community optical sector. Our members are one of the pillars of NHS primary care, delivering 13 million sight tests and many other NHS services

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College of Optometrists, Vacancy: Director of Education

15 April 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

£80k (plus generous benefits package)   Contract: Permanent Full- part-time: Full-time Closing date: 23 April 2019 The College of Optometrists has an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and skilled education professional to lead the strategic development and delivery of all aspects of our role in qualifying and developing the profession, in order to ensure confidence in the role of optometrists

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European Blind Union: A New Chapter Begins EU finally adopts European Accessibility Act

12 April 2019
Source: European Blind Union

After over three years of legislative work, the European Accessibility Act (EAA) passed its last hurdle. Today, the Council of the European Union approved the agreement of last November on this landmark EU legislation on accessibility of goods and services. The European Parliament had already done so on 13 March. What is in fact a directive now needs to be

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Blind cricket match pitches Glasgow City Councillors against team with sight loss

12 April 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

It’s just not cricket! Except it is. A special visually impaired cricket match between a team of Glasgow City Councillors – wearing ‘sim-specs’ that simulate different sight loss conditions – and members, volunteers and staff from RNIB Scotland, took place in the city’s Kelvinhall Sport and Leisure Centre on Wednesday [10 April 2019]. With visually impaired cricket the ball is

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Nystagmus Network funding leads to discovery of new algorithm

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10 April 2019
Source: Nystagmus Network

A paper ‘An automated segmentation approach to calibrating infantile nystagmus waveforms’ relating to a research project by members of the Cardiff University team and others, which the Nystagmus Network funded, has been formally published. The report describes an algorithm which takes an eye-tracking recording and automatically separates it into its component parts (quick phases, slow phases and foveations*), allowing several

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On the Mend are recruiting blind and visually impaired volunteers for their design project ‘Fonts with Feelings’

10 April 2019
Source: On the Mend

In our everyday lives we rely on written text for communication, but often these are not visually accessible to those with vision impairments. Text relies heavily on visual styling through fonts, to convey different types of messages: For instance serif fonts tend to be more academic heavy and rounder fonts for public navigation. If it is possible to style written

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