NICE Quality Standard Glaucoma – Consultation

31 October 2010

We are very pleased to announce the dates of the upcoming consultation period for the draft quality standards on Diabetes and Glaucoma. We hope you will be interested to know that the consultation, for both topics, starts on Thursday 4th November and finishes on Thursday 16th December at 5pm. We greatly value stakeholder contributions into the quality standards development process

Read more NICE Quality Standard Glaucoma – Consultation

Thomas Pocklington Trust Press Release: Neglect of sight loss denies our “oldest old” a life worth living, says new research

31 October 2010

Members of the UK’s “oldest old” – the fastest growing and most vulnerable sector of the UK population – often struggle to have lives worth living, says a new study released on 29th October. Interviews with people aged 80 and over reinforced previous findings that the care sector fails to address the problems caused by sight loss, one of the

Read more Thomas Pocklington Trust Press Release: Neglect of sight loss denies our “oldest old” a life worth living, says new research

Unfair Impacts on Blind People Arising from Spending Review

23 October 2010

Emily Brothers, President of the National Federation of the Blind, challenged the Coalition Government’s Spending Review proposals today, saying: “Reforms will clearly deepen inequality and simply reconstruct poverty amongst blind people; fairness will not protect many blind public servants from redundancy, whilst Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) fails to reflect the complexity and limited opportunities for blind people to secure

Read more Unfair Impacts on Blind People Arising from Spending Review

World Sight Day – SITE Bites Podcast

13 October 2010

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The day is observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is also the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for “Vision 2020: The Right to

Read more World Sight Day – SITE Bites Podcast

NFB UK Press Release: Blind Telephone Users Call for Improvements to Services

11 October 2010

Blind people are calling on UK telephone providers to improve access to a range of services. Commenting on a new survey by the communications Watchdog Ofcom, the NFB’s Vice-president, Douglas Gilroy, said: “These survey findings are concerning. The figures do not endorse the statement “most” providers had “shown willingness to improve the situation”. There are a large number of blind

Read more NFB UK Press Release: Blind Telephone Users Call for Improvements to Services

Fight for Sight Fundraising Raffle

8 October 2010

Fight for Sight is offering cash prizes up to £2,000 in the 2010 fundraising raffle. Funds raised from the raffle will support high quality research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease. Tickets are now on sale at £1 each, the winners will be drawn on 19 November 2009. Annu Mayor, Fight for Sight’s Director of Fundraising,

Read more Fight for Sight Fundraising Raffle

NFB UK Press Release: Blind Passengers reject UK Government’s response to New Rights for Bus and Coach Travel

1 October 2010

The country’s leading campaigning organisation of blind people is calling on the UK Government to review its position to reject EU proposals to enhance bus and coach travel for disabled people – responding to a statement from Norman Baker MP, Transport Minister, issued today. Douglas Gilroy, NFB Vice-President said: “Bus travel is essential to many of us being able to

Read more NFB UK Press Release: Blind Passengers reject UK Government’s response to New Rights for Bus and Coach Travel

VISION 2020 UK Welcomes Four New Executive Members!

29 September 2010

At its AGM today, Friday 24th September 2010, VISION 2020 UK welcomed four new Executive Members to join its Board of Trustees – Sally Harvey (RNIB), Richard Leaman (Guide Dogs), Nick Marr (Henshaws) and Angela Tinker (Visionary – linking local sight loss charities). The new Trustees replace three sterling supporters of VISION 2020 UK – Fazilet Hadi (RNIB), Gareth Davies

Read more VISION 2020 UK Welcomes Four New Executive Members!

Amblyopia Annual Evidence Update

27 September 2010

NHS Evidence – eyes and vision is pleased to present an Evidence Update on Amblyopia: http://bit.ly/amblyopiaAEUevscbBJTbt Amblyopia is the term used to describe the clinical scenario of impaired vision, most commonly affecting one eye, which arises through degraded visual stimulation during critical periods of visual development in early childhood. Clinicians treating ophthalmic disease in children always have to consider, and

Read more Amblyopia Annual Evidence Update

National Federation of the Blind of the UK Press Release: Blind Passengers Call for New Rights for Bus and Coach Travel

23 September 2010

The country’s leading campaigning organisation of blind people has called on the UK Government to support and sign up to legislation which would ensure a right to accessible travel information and make awareness training mandatory for all bus drivers and terminal staff, here in the UK and abroad. The European Parliament is proposing new rights for disabled passengers using buses

Read more National Federation of the Blind of the UK Press Release: Blind Passengers Call for New Rights for Bus and Coach Travel