NHS Reforms

19 August 2010

Have you heard about the NHS Reforms? Action for Blind People is committed to ensuring that people receive good, timely eye care services. So that we can effectively influence the development of NHS services, we need to know what your views are. These responses will feed back into a joint consultation with the RNIB Group and submitted to the Department

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Guide Dogs and the Royal London Society for the Blind Joint Press Release

28 July 2010

The Director of External Affairs at Guide Dogs, Tom Pey, is to leave the organisation to take up the chief executive’s chair at the Royal London Society for the Blind in October. He replaces Brian Cooney, who is becoming Vice Chair of Liverpool’s Alder Hey Family House Trust after 16 years with the Society. As well as leading the Society

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European Blind Union: Commission on Mobility & Transport – Update on Electric Vehicles

20 July 2010

Over the past few years, the EBU have been campaigning to ensure that the new electric vehicle will not be silent. The EBU appreciates the need for environmentally friendly vehicles, to cut pollution, but have been concerned about the silence of the electric vehicle and the dangers this creates for blind and partially sighted, deaf-blind and other vulnerable pedestrians. Following

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CQC’s Consultation on Assessments of Quality

16 July 2010

You will be aware that RNIB and VISION 2020 UK worked collaboratively to encourage blind and partially sighted people to respond to the Care Quality Commission’s spring 2010 consultation on “assessments of quality”. This was a very important consultation for our sector given it allowed us to document systemic failings in care and support for many people at risk of,

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The Despatch is Hatched

14 July 2010

The Despatch is Hatched The UK-wide registered charity Infosound, in association with British Wireless for the Blind Fund, now produces a free, monthly audio compilation of information that could be of particular interest to blind and partially-sighted people. Called the Infosound Despatch and usually lasting for about an hour, the monthly selection of audio articles aims to cover a wide

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Press Release: Fight for Sight President is Awarded Prestigious Medal for Outstanding Voluntary Service

8 July 2010

Fight for Sight Vice President, Clive Stone, has been awarded the Badge of the Order of Mercy in recognition of his many years of voluntary service to Fight for Sight. He was presented with his medal at a ceremony at The Mansion House, London attended by the Lady Mayoress of London. Continuing a tradition that began over a century ago,

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Press Release: Fight for Sight Awards over £1.4 million for Eye Research

8 July 2010

Leading eye research charity, Fight for Sight, has announced over £1.4 million funding for research into the prevention and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal dystrophy, Stargardt disease and visual impairment in children. Each year the charity awards grants for original and ground-breaking research into eye disease at leading universities and hospitals across the UK.

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SeeAbility Press Release: Sir John Major Hosts Dinner for SeeAbility

5 July 2010

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG, CH hosted a celebration dinner at Corrigan’s Mayfair, Richard Corrigan’s award-winning restaurant, on July 1st to thank SeeAbility’s Sight Pioneers for their support. Leading eye care charity SeeAbility, formerly the Royal School for the Blind, provides a range of specialist services for people with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. SeeAbility’s Sight Pioneers

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RNIB ‘Bridge to Vision’ DVD

21 June 2010

One in three people with a learning disability might also have a sight problem – but for thousands this will go undiagnosed, the country’s main sight loss charity is warning. ‘Bridge to Vision’ is a new 45-minute training DVD, produced by the Royal National Institute of Blind People in conjunction with leading expert Professor Daphne McCulloch, (Vision School, Glasgow Caledonian

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Guide Dogs and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea join forces on Exhibition Road Project

19 June 2010

Guide Dogs and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, along with project partner Westminster City Council today announced a joint agreement on the Royal Borough’s redevelopment of Exhibition Road in London – home to some of the country’s finest museums and cultural institutions. The Judicial Review proceedings initiated by Guide Dogs have now been put on ice following productive

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