UK’s first dual guide dog and seizure dog graduates with new owner

28 November 2011

A woman from Tunbridge Wells in Kent who is blind and has epilepsy is getting help from a very special assistance dog. Hetty, a black Labrador/retriever cross is the first dog in the UK to be trained as both a guide dog and a seizure dog. She will be officially handed over to her new owner, Toni Brown-Griffin on Saturday

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SeeAbility Press Release: Self Advocates and Supporters Look Here!

25 November 2011

SeeAbility recently ran two successful Look Here events to give people with a learning disability the opportunity to learn about looking after their eyes. People with a learning disability are 10 times more likely to have serious eye problems than the rest of the population, and the Charity is on a mission to raise awareness of this and to enable

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Hearing and Sight Solutions News Release: EHRC Report on Home Care for the Elderly – Proposal for joint response from sensory impairment training providers

23 November 2011

The EHRC has today released a report highlighting shortcomings in the provision of care for older people. Examples are given of rushed care provision, of elderly people stripped of human dignity and, in some cases left without food or drink. Hearing and Sight Solutions Sight Solutions believes that the only surprise about this report is that it has taken so

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URGENT ACTION – Please sign a giant Christmas card to help protect vital benefits received by blind and partially sighted people

23 November 2011

The Hardest Hit coalition (including Action for Blind People, Guide Dogs, RNIB and Visionary) is sending a giant Xmas card, signed by hopefully 10,000 plus people, to the Government. This “action” is to coincide with the Welfare Reform Bill reaching Report Stage in the House of Lords and forms part of our extensive lobbying activities. We need to encourage peers

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Caring for our future – take part in Government consultation: Department of Health consultation on your priorities for care reform, ends December 2nd

3 November 2011

The social care system in England is not working for the vast majority of blind and partially sighted people. Many people complain the system is unfair and speak of their shock at how little care is available. The level of care people with sight loss receive varies depending on where someone lives, but far too often they are excluded from

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Fight for Sgh Announcement: Gene therapy for Choroideremia – the first clinical trial has started

28 October 2011

Choroideremia Over 100,000 people worldwide are affected by choroideremia. It is an inherited condition that generally affects males only. Diagnosis is usually made in childhood and leads to blindness in men by their forties. To date there has been no treatment for the condition. The Clinical Trial The clinical trial that has just begun at the Oxford Eye Hospital, represents

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Nystagmus Network (NN) News release: Cardiff team to show eye-tracker at Open Day

13 October 2011

Cardiff University’s Research Unit for Nystagmus is to demonstrate its Tobii eye tracking equipment at the Nystagmus Network (NN) Open Day in Harrow on October 22. The Tobii was funded by NN and provides researchers with an easy way to measure and record nystagmus eye movements. Dr Jon Erichsen and research student Matt Dunn will be on hand to explain

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ICS Volunteer Opportunity – Lesotho Resource Centre for the Blind

26 September 2011

A new government programme has been launched this year, International Citizen Service (ICS), and six volunteers for two 12-week placements with Skillshare International at the Resource Centre for the Blind in Lesotho, departing in January and April 2012 need to be recruited. ICS offers young people aged 18-22 the opportunity to spend 12 weeks in countries in Africa, utilising their

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Social Care changes – there is still time to share your views …

22 September 2011

Social Care changes – there is still time to share your views … As you may know major changes to the way social care services are delivered are a high priority for government. This year is very important as a white paper will be issued laying out proposed new policy and new laws are planned to be introduced next year.

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NFB UK Prss Release: Blind people welcome the appointment of their Vice-President as Chairman of the Scottish Accessible transport Alliance (SATA)

16 September 2011

The UK campaigning organisation – National Federation of the Blind, welcomes the appointment of their Vice-president Mr. Douglas Gilroy as the Chairman of SATA. Ms Emily Brothers, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Accessible freedom of movement is an important factor in the daily lives of blind and partially sighted people and we look forward to our

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