The business case for low vision

Keyboard with hand touching key labelled 'accessibility'

3 May 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

By Daniel Williams, Man on a Mission with Low Vision http://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.co.uk When you’re in business, it’s often tempting to think only in the majority, dismissing those who may not fit into the ‘most people’ bracket as too expensive to cater for, and therefore affecting vital profit margins. Assumptions abound. People with low vision will have assistants and you will give

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Referrals change lives

Daniel and his guide dog

29 April 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

It’s time for your regular appointment at your local high street optician. Each year you receive a reminder letter and you go along feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your day after your appointment is over. Thousands of people do this every day and many thousands do come away feeling happy and relieved and go on to

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Visualise Training and Consultancy would like feedback from ‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ course delegates

Peter Black at Optrafair 2019

9 April 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Following the release our ‘Seeing Beyond the Eyes’ report findings, I’d be very interested to hear of any changes you’ve made that are having a positive impact at visualisetrainingandconsultancy@outlook.com (please advise if you are happy for us to share on our website and social media and feel free to send photos). Here’s a link to the report – https://www.visualisetrainingandconsultancy.com/resources/sbe-project-findings/ We

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Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone comes to Optrafair 2019

Seeing Beyond the Eyes Resource Pack front page

27 March 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Our Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone will be at Optrafair 30 March – 1 April 2019, focusing in on sight loss and empowering optical professionals to effectively support low vision patients. The Zone is funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity supporting people with sight loss, and will feature CET worth 6 interactive-points delivered by our team – Peter

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Eye Care and The Equality Act

Visualise Training and Consultancy logo

10 March 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Are your eye care services embracing The Equality Act? Are you doing everything you can to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access to your eye care services as people without disabilities?  What are your legal – not to mention moral – responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equality of access? Equality legislation and The Equality Act, 2010

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Guide Dogs Left Barking at the Door

Visualise Training and Consultancy logo

4 March 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

As someone with a severe visual impairment, my assistance dog is a vital part of my life, both as a guide and friend. We have a special bond that you will understand if you have seen the Sponsor a Guide Dog ads on TV. They show just how much assistance dogs give independent lives back to people with visual impairments,

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Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone comes to Optrafair

27 February 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

We are delighted to announce the Seeing Beyond the Eyes Zone comes to Optrafair, 30 March – 1 April 2019. The main focus is on sight loss, which empowers optical professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively support low vision patients. The Zone is funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity supporting people with sight loss, and will

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Making Optical Services Accessible to Low Vision Patients

Colour coded hallway

27 February 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

On a visit to the optician or the hospital eye clinic, you would think it would be a breeze for someone like myself, for whom even the phrase visual impairment could be a wild exaggeration. You wouldn’t expect me to have to worry too much about it being a bit of a bumbling experience, knocking things over as I go,

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Patients with Low Vision benefit from Optical Sector Seeing Beyond the Eyes

Seeing Beyond the Eyes Resource Pack front page

21 February 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

Patients with low vision are benefitting from an initiative developed by Visualise Training and Consultancy and funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust. Seeing Beyond the Eyes has released its impact report which highlights a huge increase in the number of optical professionals who will now refer patients with low vision to vital support services – up from only 9% to an

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Prescription sunglasses: the quest for the perfect tint

Guide dog Zodiac with sunglasses

11 January 2019
Source: Visualise Training and Consultancy

By Daniel Williams, Visualise Training and Consultancy I recently decided to escape the British winter – and hopefully a Siberian blast – for the sunshine of Gran Canaria. Though a last minute decision, I considered myself fairly well set for a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation on foreign shores. After all, I’d packed my budgie smugglers, a garishly

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