Message from Optometry Scotland: Ongoing Provision of Essential Eyecare Services

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26 March 2020
Source: Optometry Scotland

Dated 25/03/2020 Last Friday, the Scottish Government offered to maintain the structure and integrity of community eyecare in Scotland by providing each practice with average GOS payments. This was further enhanced by the provision of additional payments for emergency and enhanced services. Last night, SGHD secured the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s agreement in permitting community optometry practices to remain open

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Third Force News: Four charities have called for enhanced investment in education to be made by the Scottish Government

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5 February 2020
Source: Third Force News

A call for urgent action in the Scottish Government’s budget to provide better support for disabled pupils has been made by charities that help young people with additional support needs. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, the National Deaf Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society Scotland, and Royal Blind are campaigning for improved access to specialist support. The charities are calling

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Visibility Scotland celebrates 160TH birthday with Rebrand

4 December 2019
Source: Visibility

An organisation which has been at the heart of providing information, support and advice to people living with sight loss in Scotland for 160 years celebrated its birthday with a relaunch. For 160 years, Visibility has been on the front-line, delivering projects and initiatives to help people of any age, living with a visual impairment in the west of Scotland.

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Retrospective chart review of spectacle prescription prevalence in adults with learning disabilities in Scotland

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25 October 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Butchart, Maggie & Colahan, Craig. (2019). Retrospective chart review of spectacle prescription prevalence in adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 32. 10.1111/jar.12588. Abstract Background Evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities are less likely to have an up‐to‐date eye examination as sight loss is characteristically underdiagnosed in people with complex needs. Method A

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Royal Blind responds to the Scottish Government National Transport Strategy

25 October 2019
Source: Royal Blind

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on its vision for the future of transport for the next 20 years. Royal Blind took the opportunity to highlight a number of issues of concern for people with visual impairment. While the strategy’s focus on improving accessibility is welcome, it is crucial that a lack of provision, particularly in rural areas, is also

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See Hear strategy review. Input needed from national and local 3rd sector organisations in Scotland

21 October 2019
Source: The Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE)

The See Hear strategy is a strategic framework for meeting the needs of people with a sensory impairment across Scotland. The strategy enshrines the rights of children and adults living with a sensory impairment to expect the seamless provision of assessment, care and support and the same access to employment, education, leisure, healthcare and social care as everyone else. The

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Scottish National Transport Strategy open for consultation

16 August 2019
Source: Transport Scotland

The National Transport Strategy sets out Transport Scotland’s vision for the next 20 years and was developed in collaboration with over 60 partner organisations around Scotland. Their vision is for a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system helping to deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors. Read more and have your say here  

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Scotland’s Accessible Travel Framework Our Delivery Plan for 2019-2020

29 July 2019
Source: Transport Scotland

Vision and priorities for 2019-2020 This Vision and priorities paper has been prepared by Transport Scotland’s Accessible Travel Policy Branch within the Scottish Government. The paper has been genuinely co-produced alongside the Scottish Transport Accessibility Steering Group and its 20 strong representative bodies, the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland with its 15 Public Appointees and policy officials across the

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Sunday Post: Sight tests scrapped for blind people claiming lifeline benefit

18 June 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people will no longer be asked to read letters from an eye chart to get a lifeline benefit. Assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – which are carried out on behalf of the government by a private company – will also be reviewed to make them fairer to people with sight loss. The changes come after The Sunday Post

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