Employers get help to retain workers who are losing their sight

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29 May 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

What do you do if one of your employees is losing their sight? Lose them and all the skills, knowledge, experience and relationships they have built up? A new information pack for employers – being launched in Glasgow today [29 May 2019] by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills – says sight loss can be

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Scottish MEPs can still help transform services for people with disabilities as part of legacy to the EU

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17 May 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Scotland’s six elected Members of the European Parliament can still help to transform services for people with disabilities as part of a legacy to the EU. Launching its manifesto today [Friday 17 May 2019], sight loss charity RNIB Scotland says MEPs can work to set an agenda for far-reaching change. It is holding an election hustings event this afternoon in

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Aberdeen Councillors don sight-loss simulation specs to walk controversial Broad Street ‘shared space’

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9 May 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Aberdeen councillors will walk along the city’s Broad Street today [9 May 2019] wearing spectacles that simulate different sight loss conditions. The organisers of today’s event, the charities RNIB Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland, want to give councillors from all parties a chance to experience getting out and about with a visual impairment. They say the controversial ‘shared space’ design

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Scottish Muslims urged to take care of eye health during Ramadan

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3 May 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Scottish Muslims are being urged to be aware of their eye health when fasting during the religious month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend. Throughout Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Gozie JoeAdigwe of sight loss charity RNIB Scotland said: “People from some ethnic minority communities can be more vulnerable to some eye conditions, so it

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Blind campaigners meet with Lothians MSP to discuss street obstacles that endanger them

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29 April 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Blind and partially sighted people will meet with Lothians MSP Jeremy Balfour today [29 April 2019] to talk about the impact that ill-thought out street design and obstacles have on their lives. Mr Balfour is chair of the Cross Party Group on Disability within the Scottish Parliament and is currently the only MSP who identifies as disabled. 95 per cent

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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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RNIB launches inclusive and accessible Ben Nevis trek

3 April 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting people of all ages and abilities to take part in an inclusive and accessible trek up Britain’s highest mountain this summer. On Saturday 10 August, Team RNIB participants will be climbing 1,345m to reach the summit of Ben Nevis in north-west Scotland. Through sponsorship the aim is to raise money

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Stagecoach North bus drivers learn what it’s like to be a passenger with sight loss

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6 March 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Stagecoach North Scotland employees will take part in a training session today [Wednesday, 6 March 2019] as part of the bus operator’s pledge to make its services more accessible to blind and partially sighted people. The company which operates throughout Aberdeenshire, Buchan, Moray and the Highlands will hold a ‘swap-with-me’ event which will give its drivers a better idea of

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Scottish Social Security Secretary to pledge devolved welfare system will treat blind people ‘with dignity and respect’

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30 January 2019
Source: RNIB

Scottish Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP will meet blind and partially sighted campaigners this morning [Wednesday 30 January 2019] to discuss how the welfare system being devolved to Scotland can be improved. Campaigners say that too often the current system, as administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), refuses support to claimants with sight loss – decisions

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Sunday Post: Blind injustice: Experts warn visually impaired are losing lifeline benefit because of incompetent testing

14 January 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people are being denied crucial benefits because the official assessors do not  understand sight loss, experts have warned. A leading charity for the blind and visually impaired has warned assessors lack the specialist knowledge to make informed judgements about whether people should receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP is a non-means-tested benefit for disabled people who need help with

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