Second Vision UK Accreditation Scheme course to increase the capacity for counselling within the sight loss community planned in Manchester

31 July 2018
Source: Vision UK

Vision UK were delighted to pilot an Accreditation Scheme to increase the capacity for counselling within the sight loss community. 13 participants attended the course, representing Ireland, Wales and the length and breadth of England.   The course aims to supplement the counselling services that already exist in organisations such as RNIB and The Macular Society that offer free confidential

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RNIB joins with broadcasters to get more people using audio description

23 July 2018
Source: RNIB

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is supporting a high profile advertising campaign aimed at helping people to use audio description on their televisions. UK Broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, UKTV, and Viacom are taking part in the campaign, with promotional adverts airing from 17 July – 9 September 2018. Audio description is a free service that

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RNIB Survey of children, young people and parents

12 July 2018
Source: RNIB

Tell the RNIB your experiences of education   Getting a good start in life is fundamental to helping you achieve what you want in life and to fulfil your potential. And part of this ‘good start’ is having access to a good education. For many blind and partially sighted children and young people, getting access to education is not always

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Inquiry: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment releases findings

6 June 2018
Source: APPG Eye Health and Visual Impairment

Improving capacity in NHS eye care in England A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment outlines solutions to the current capacity issues in eye care services in England. The APPG conducted an inquiry to identify how capacity in NHS eye care services in England can be improved to ensure no one

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Joint response from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Vision UK and Guide Dogs to the consultation on Accessibility of public sector websites and apps: new duties and regulations.

28 May 2018
Source: Vision UK, RNIB, Guide Dogs

New regulations to make public sector websites and apps accessible to everyone, especially users with disabilities. The regulations implement a new EU Directive. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 May 2018 Attached below is the joint response from Vision UK, RNIB and Guide Dogs  

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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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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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Third Sector: RNIB chief executive resigns after regulator opens inquiry into safeguarding concerns

6 April 2018
Source: Third Sector

Sally Harvey left last week after the Charity Commission said it was looking into its safeguarding arrangements in the wake of incidents at one of its homes in Coventry. The chief executive of the sight-loss charity the RNIB has stepped down amid allegations that the charity failed to address safeguarding concerns at one of its residential centres. The charity said today that

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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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