BBC Wales: Drivers should have mandatory eyesight test, says top optician

18 September 2018
Source: BBC Wales

Motorists should have to pass mandatory sight tests to stop people with dangerously poor eyesight driving, a top optician has said. It comes after a father was killed by a driver who defied an optician’s warning to stay off the road in 2015. Chief of Optometry Wales Sali Davies, said opticians are being put in an “uncomfortable” position as it

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Jude Kay starts as Head of Diabetic Eye Screening Wales

2 February 2018
Source: Public Health Wales

Jude Kay took up post as Head of Programme for Diabetic Eye Screening Wales (DESW) on 8 January. Jude has almost 20 years of NHS management experience, spanning operational service management, service commissioning and modernisation, corporate roles and policy development. She has worked in NHS Wales for the last 12 years, largely in the Gwent area but always working collaboratively

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New Accessible Information Standard to ensure people with sensory loss can access information that ‘Makes Sense’.

27 November 2017
Source: Wales Council of the Blind

The Health Secretary has unveiled improvements to the All Wales Sensory Loss Standards, which help ensure people with sensory loss get information about services they can access and understand, as well as any communication support they need. From this month, GP surgeries in Wales are being asked to identify and record the information and communication needs of their patients with

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RNIB Cymru wins award from Welsh Government as part of the Get Creative project:

27 November 2017
Source: Wales Council of the Blind

Projects which Get Creative with Cymraeg announced £425,000 has been awarded to 26 innovative projects that promote Welsh in the community and Welsh language technology, the Minister for the Welsh Language and Lifelong learning, Eluned Morgan has announced The Cymraeg 2050 Grant is a key element of the Welsh language strategy, Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers. It will provide

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Wales Council of the Blind is looking for five vision impaired people to attend a Welsh Government Engagement Event

15 November 2017
Source: WCB

Wales Council of the Blind is looking for five vision impaired people to attend a Welsh Government Engagement Event in Cardiff Bay at 2.30 pm on Monday 27th November. The aim of the event is: ◾For Welsh Government to understand the level of awareness people have of the Government’s budget, and the dilemmas and challenges that it faces. ◾For Welsh

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Contact: An update on changes to special education in Wales

2 November 2017
Source: Contact

The Welsh government is planning a new system of support for children with additional needs in education. The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill, will replace statements of special educational needs with an “Individual Development Plan”. If passed, it could become law in 2019. STATEMENTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ARE STILL IN PLACE FOR NOW Until the law changes, the current

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Wales Eyecare Conference 2017 – presentations now available

27 September 2017
Source: Wales Council of the Blind

The presentations from the Wales Eyecare Conference on 20th September 2017 are now available. You can access them on the Conference website HERE The nature of many of these presentations makes them difficult to access for some readers. WCB apologise for this. If anything is of particular interest but cannot be accessed for any reason, please contact richard@wcb-ccd.org.uk to see

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Blindness from diabetes halves in Wales, new research shows

1 August 2017
Source: Welsh Government

The number of people in Wales diagnosed as blind or living with sight loss as a result of diabetes has almost halved since the introduction of a new national diabetic retinopathy screening programme in 2003, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal. For further information please click HERE

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BBC Wales: Access issues at Polling Stations

15 April 2016
Source: Wales Council for the BLind

BBC Wales want to hear disabled people’s experiences of the accessibility of voting at your local polling station. Did you face challenges in casting your vote in either the 2011 Assembly Elections or the 2015 General Election – or both? They are keen to hear from you. Please contact:  Carwyn Jones BBC Wales Today British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Cymru Wales

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