Collaborative Petition: Coronavirus: People with sight loss need priority access to online shopping

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31 March 2020
Source: Vision UK, Visionary, Guide Dogs, RNIB, TPT

People with vision impairments are struggling to safely access basic necessities like food from supermarkets because of Covid-19 restrictions. Being blind or partially sighted makes safe social distancing in busy places like these often impossible. Despite this, while priority access to online shopping slots is available for some people, those with sight loss are being excluded. Sign the petition to

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Joint letter to Rt Hon George Eustice MP on adding people with Visual Impairment to groups to ensure that they have priority access to buy goods online

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27 March 2020
Source: Vision UK, Visionary, Guide Dogs, RNIB, TPT

Vision UK, RNIB, Guide Dogs, TPT and Visionary are asking the Government to urgently work with supermarkets to ensure that people with sight loss are considered a priority group able to access online shopping.   Letter attached below: 

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Sight Loss Data Tool Version 4.2

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26 March 2020
Source: RNIB

This data tool provides information about blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss at a local level throughout the UK. To download the data tool, go to the RNIB website. The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publicly available datasets and

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Collaboration on Sight Advice FAQ’s for COVID 19

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25 March 2020

We’ve come together with Guide Dogs, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, RNIB and Visionary to share information and advice FAQs on and around Coronavirus (COVID-19) which will be frequently updated: https://www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk/independent-living/Covid-19  Helplines for support for blind and partially sighted people from our members and friends are on the attached document

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Eye Sector collaboration to pull together information, ideas and strategy to work collaboratively during the COVID 19 pandemic.

24 March 2020
Source: Vision UK

Senior representatives of Vision UK, Visionary, RNIB Guide Dogs and TPT are now meeting regularly to pull together information, ideas and strategy to work collaboratively during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are working together to get advice out to as many blind and partially sighted people as we possibly can. We are also working together to share intelligence and data

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Apply for an Orbit Braille Reader 20 through the VICTA/RNIB grant scheme

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10 March 2020
Source: VICTA

VICTA is currently working in partnership with RNIB on a product grant programme focussed on supporting independent study using technology. If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Orbit Reader 20 for Braille users (age criteria 8-29 years). The Orbit Reader 20 is a compact and revolutionary refreshable braille display

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RNIB is seeking a new Chair, who is blind or partially sighted, to join their Board.

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9 March 2020
Source: RNIB

RNIB are looking for a Chair with a proven track record in a leadership role, an ability to think strategically and an effective communicator able to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders and act as an ambassador for RNIB. Values driven with the ability to engage and empower a broad range of stakeholders, you will be highly motivated by

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New £20 note strengthens Bank’s commitment to making money accessible

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26 February 2020
Source: RNIB

Shoppers can now feel more money in their pockets as the Bank of England’s new £20 note has come into circulation with tactile markings to help it stand out from existing £5 and £10 notes. The new note retains tiered sizing and includes bold numerals, similar colour palettes to the current paper notes and a unique tactile feature which is

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UK specialist VI curriculum project update from RNIB, VIEW, VICTAR and Thomas Pocklington Trust

25 February 2020
Source: Norfolk County Council

We are inviting UK specialist VI education professionals to contribute to the development of a national VI curriculum A joint project between RNIB, VIEW, Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) at University of Birmingham, and Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), to establish a UK wide specialist curriculum for children and young people with vision impairment (VI) is to be

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RNIB: Supporting people with sight loss – Podcast series

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20 February 2020
Source: RNIB

This podcast series is essential listening for those who support older people living with sight loss, people with sight loss and professionals working in the field of complex needs. Iain Kennedy and June Neil, from RNIB’s older people and complex needs team, have recorded the series to offer advice and support to carers and highlight the challenges presented by sight

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