Edinburgh will ban advertising boards from city’s streets in move welcomed by sight loss charity RNIB

18 May 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

A vote by Edinburgh City Council to ban advertising boards from the streets of the capital has been applauded by sight loss charity RNIB Scotland. The move was passed on Thursday, May 17th by the council’s Transport and Environment Committee. Edinburgh-based RNIB Scotland says A-boards and other street clutter can deter blind and partially sighted people from walking outside. Bollards,

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Too many Scots with diabetes are failing to attend check-ups that can save their sight, warn charities

8 May 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

              The charities RNIB Scotland and Diabetes Scotland have been nominated for a major award for a campaign created to highlight the potential threat diabetes can pose to people’s eyesight. But they warn that too many people living with the condition in Scotland are failing to attend vital eye-screening examinations that can pick up

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Scotland’s new social security system will ‘fall at the first hurdle if basic information isn’t accessible, warns sight loss charity RNIB

24 April 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

Scotland’s new social security system could be the first in the UK to ensure that all its information is fully accessible to people with disabilities. The requirement will be passed into law if the Scottish Parliament back amendments lodged by Cunninghame South MSP Ruth Maguire and supported by Central Scotland MSP Mark Griffin in the stage 3 debate on the

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East Lothian man’s record-breaking drive in rally car round race circuit blindfolded to raise money for eye research

11 April 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

East Lothian man John Playfair hopes to raise money for research into the eye condition that is robbing him of his sight by racing a rally car blindfolded. John (61) has completed a daring lap of the circuit at Knockhill race circuit in Fife today [Wednesday, April 11th] with his vision completely obscured, guided around the track by his daughter

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Edinburgh woman Rachel Freeman is gearing up to complete the 2018 London Marathon on April 22nd in aid of sight loss charity RNIB.

12 March 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

The 50 year-old was inspired by a childhood fascination with Louis Braille, inventor of the raised dots touch-alphabet, and American activist Helen Keller, the first woman ever to graduate with a degree despite being deaf-blind. “I don’t have a moving personal story of adversity being defeated through perseverance, or a close relative or friend who is partially sighted or blind,”

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RNIB Scotland: Edinburgh woman to do all four Kiltwalks to raise funds for books for the blind

26 February 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

An Edinburgh woman who has sight loss is to embark on all four Kiltwalks in Scotland to raise funds for audio-books for the blind. Annette West from Leith has macular degeneration, the most common cause of visual impairment in Britain, which erodes the central vision of the eye. The Kiltwalks allow anyone to raise funds for the charities and causes

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Scotland’s new welfare benefits system will ‘fall at the first hurdle’ if information is not accessible to all, warns sight loss charity

2 February 2018

Moves to ensure blind and partially sighted people get information about welfare benefits in formats such as audio or braille received a boost yesterday when MSPs backed an amendment to the Welfare and the Social Security (Scotland) Bill by sight loss charity RNIB Scotland. The charity says it welcomed the devolution of eleven key disability benefits – including disability living

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Sight loss charity RNIB welcomes Highland Council’s second thoughts on ‘shared spaces’

12 December 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed a decision by Highland Council to reconsider moves to make Castle Wynd in Inverness a ‘shared space’. Under the original plans, the area would have been levelled with pedestrians and drivers all using the same thoroughfare. However, RNIB Scotland, along with a number of other national and local disability groups, said this would

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RNIB Scotland: Brotherly love inspires Broughty Ferry woman’s fundraising for books for the blind

23 November 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Moira Gee from Broughty Ferry didn’t have to think twice when selecting which new audio-book for blind and partially sighted people she wanted her fundraising efforts to sponsor – she chose one by her brother Gordon Anthony, who has sight loss himself. In a blitz of fundraising activity throughout the past year, Moira has raised £4,320 for the charity RNIB

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The Edinburgh Reporter: Author Ian Rankin urges Scots to have an eye test

20 September 2017
Source: The Edinburgh Reporter

Author Ian Rankin who is a great supporter of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) urges people across Scotland to have an eye test. 35% of Scots admit that they have eyes issues which they have not told their optician about, things such as black spots or being dazzled by bright lights. Just over one fifth have not

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