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Third Sector Organisations offering support in Wales

You can now find out about third sector organisations offering support to people with sight loss in one place on our website. [Full story...]

Your experiences of transport during the pandemic wanted

The next topic in our series of RESET information booklets for people with sight loss during the pandemic will be transport, and we would like to include some personal stories. [Full story...]

WCB RESET Project - Social Care and Health resource issued

Wales Council of the Blind has produced a Social Care and Health booklet, as part of our RESET project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. [Full story...]

WCB supports call for more Rehabilitation Officers for Vision Impairment

A rehabilitation officer for vision impairment (ROVI) can transform the life of a person with sight loss, although there currently are not enough people providing this vital service in Wales. WCB estimates that at least 45 ROVIs are needed, but currently only 34 are in post, meaning that access to a ROVI is something of a postcode lottery. We are supporting RNIB Cymru’s Manifesto for the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Election this May. [Full story...]

WCB RESET Project - Employment resource issued

WCB has produced an employment booklet, as part of our RESET project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. [Full story...]

Making the vaccine rollout process accessible

Wales Council of the Blind has joined with RNIB Cymru and Guide Dogs Cymru to call on the Welsh Government to ensure that the rollout of the Covid 19 vaccinations is accessible to people with sight loss. [Full story...]

WCB RESET Project - Retail resource issued

WCB has produced a booklet on shopping during the pandemic, as part of our RESET project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. [Full story...]

WCB RESET Project - Education resource issued

WCB has produced an education booklet, as part of our RESET project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. [Full story...]

WCB is now on Instagram

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, we are now sharing the news of the sight loss sector in Wales via Instagram. [Full story...]

WCB RESET Project

WCB's RESET project will produce information packs and online resources to assist people with sight loss in negotiating the measures put in place under the Covid-19 pandemic. [Full story...]


Carers UK survey for unpaid carers

Carers UK have launched a new survey for unpaid carers to help understand their experience of health services, support services and breaks during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Full story...]

Survey for people with wet-AMD

The Macular Society is asking people affected by wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to give their views on their treatment at eye clinics. [Full story...]

RNIB Survey: Vision impaired womens' experience of safety

The harassment experienced by women has been the subject of debate following recent tragic events, and BBC Wales has reported on the particular problems experienced by women with disabilities. Now, RNIB is running a short survey to get more information. [Full story...]

The Welsh Centre of Tourism Research are gathering opinions of accessible travel and mobility apps

The Welsh Centre for Tourism Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University are conducting research on opinions and attitudes around accessible travel and mobility apps. [Full story...]

Call to increase public funding for sight saving research

Even though 1 in 5 of us will experience it, research into sight loss receives only 1.5% of public research funding. Eye health charity Fight for Sight is calling for this to be increased. [Full story...]

Survey: Information About Sleep and Vision Loss

Circadian Therapeutics is conducting a research study to explore the sleep and circadian disruption experienced by vision impaired individuals. They are conducting a survey to find out what information on this subject would be useful for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Ask your Senedd representatives to commit to key issues in RNIB Cymru's manifesto

Following the launch of RNIB Cymru's manfesto for the 2021 elections to the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru, the charity is asking people with sight loss, and those with an interest in this area, to write to their representatives to show their support for the manifesto, and ask them to commit to the five key demands. [Full story...]

Transport for Wales survey

Transport for Wales want to hear your views on how they can shape transport in Wales following Covid-19. [Full story...]

Tell researchers how you access information online

Researchers at the University of Manchester, funded by The Macular Society, are creating a new chat-bot, which can offer information and advice to people with sight loss. They are conducting a survey to better understand the needs of people with visual impairments and how they access information online. [Full story...]

RNIB calls for all railway stations to be made safe for vision impaired travellers

Following the recent tragic death of a partially sighted man who fell off a train platform with no tactile paving to indicate the edge, RNIB has launched a petition calling on Network Rail and the Department of Transport to take action now and make railway stations safe for blind and partially sighted people. [Full story...]


Guide Dogs Annual Plan for 2021

With the coronavirus lockdown restrictions starting to ease, the Guide Dogs charity has published a plan for its work in 2021. [Full story...]

RNIB guide to making your video calls inclusive

RNIB has produced a short guide to making video calls, using technology such as Teams, Skype and Zoom, accessible to people with sight loss. Although primarily intended for businesses, the advice is applicable to anyone using this technology. [Full story...]

Coming out of lockdown - advice from RNIB

As lockdown restrictions ease, RNIB has produced some advice to help members of the public and businesses support people with sight loss as they try to get out and about. [Full story...]

RNIB issues updated Sight Loss Data Tool

An updated version of the Sight Loss Data tool has been issued by RNIB. It gives a wide range of statistical information about sight loss, organised by local authority, region or country. [Full story...]

Latest Strive newsletter available

The latest Strive newsletter, produced by VICTA's Young Ambassadors, is available. It looks at various aspects of lockdown experience by young adults with sight loss, and also has some cookery tips. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs plan for restarting activities

With some lockdown restrictions easing on 12th April 2021, the Guide Dogs charity has issued a roadmap for restarting its various activities. [Full story...]

NHS Wales eye health care: future approach for optometry services

The Welsh Government has issued their plan for how they expect NHS Wales to deliver eye health care services over the next decade. [Full story...]

Pocklington Trust publishes guidance on exams for higher education providers

The pandemic is causing changes to the way that exams are carried out, which can be difficult for people with sight loss. The Pocklington Trust has worked with higher education providers to produce guidance on how the needs of vision impaired students can be taken into account. [Full story...]

Welsh Government launches Transport Strategy

The Welsh Government has launched its Transport Strategy 2021, which is intended to shape transport in Wales for the next 20 years. [Full story...]

Behçet’s: An Employer’s Guide

Behçet’s UK, the organisation for people with this rare condition that can affect the eyes, has produced a guide to help employers understand Behçet’s disease, their responsibilities as an employer of someone with the condition and how they can help their employee. [Full story...]

Report raises concerns about delays to treatment of stroke patients experiencing sight problems in Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB

Prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council (CHC) undertook a series of monitoring visits to stroke wards and stroke rehabilitation outpatient clinics across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and to stroke support groups. The report raises concerns about the support provided to patients experiencing sight problems. [Full story...]

'What we see' - Articles give an insight into living with nystagmus

The final article in a series about living with nystagmus has just been published on the CVI Society website. [Full story...]

Latest Vision Support newsletter available

The latest newsletter from Vision Support is now available, with information for people with sight loss in North Wales. [Full story...]

Age Cymru updates its factsheet on Direct Payments

Direct Payments are cash payments that local authorities can make to individuals so that they can organise their own services to meet their social care needs. Age Cymru has recently updated its factsheet, which provides information on these payments for social care services and how the system operates in Wales. [Full story...]

Results of research into CBS and Covid 19 published in BMJ

A research report published on the BMJ Open Ophthalmology website has examined how the Covid 19 pandemic has impacted people with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), the visual hallucinations experienced by some people with sight loss. [Full story...]

CVI Project Research Team Paper published

A research paper on the prevalence of children with Cerebral Vision Impairments (CVIs) in mainstream schools has been published. [Full story...]

Chief Medical Officer produces special report on Wales’s response to the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Frank Atherton, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Wales, has produced a very detailed report on Wales' response to the first phase of the Covid 19 pandemic. [Full story...]

Home learning advice for parents from Guide Dogs

With home learning set to continue, the Guide Dogs organisation has advice for parents about resources that can help them. [Full story...]

Leonard Cheshire Disability publishes manifesto for Senedd elections

Leonard Cheshire Disability has published its manifesto for Senedd elections, due to be held in May 2021. [Full story...]

Five Steps into mainstream college: guidance from Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has produced guidance for vision impaired young people wanting to move into post-16 education, and their parents. [Full story...]

Covid 19 vaccine advice from Guide Dogs

The Guide Dogs organisation has published advice for people with sight loss about the rollout of Covid 19 vaccines which answers many of the questions that people will have. [Full story...]

Welsh Government Covid vaccination strategy published

The Welsh Government's strategy for Covid vaccination has been published. [Full story...]

UK Rare Diseases Framework published

The UK Government has published its Rare Diseases Framework, which has been agreed by all four UK nations. As health is a devolved issue, each nation will set out an action plan detailing the steps they will take to meet the aims of the framework within their own arrangements. [Full story...]

Parenting with a vision impairment - RNIB Guide

RNIB's new guide, 'Parenting with a vision impairment' has been written by parents with sight loss, and has tips and advice covering pregnancy and caring for a baby. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs Glossary

The Guide Dogs organisation has reviewed the language it uses to describe its work, and the people who work for and with it. The aim is to make the terms less clinical, and a better reflection of what the charity does. [Full story...]

EHRC publishes report: ' Accessible public transport for older and disabled people in Wales'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report exploring how equality for older and disabled people has been factored into decision-making about public transport in Wales. [Full story...]

'Breaking down barriers to travel' - report from Leonard Cheshire

A new report from disability charity Leonard Cheshire and travel company Expedia makes recommendations on how travel can be made more inclusive when it resumes after the pandemic. [Full story...]

Disability Wales Manifesto launched on the International Day of Disabled People

Disability Wales has produced a manifesto, 'Bring us our rights!' in advance of the elections to the Welsh Parliament in 2021. It was launched on the International Day of disabled People. [Full story...]

'Making Walks Sensory' - Guide from Sense

Sense, the charity for people who are deafblind, has produced a new guide which aims to help disabled people of all ages explore nature more meaningfully. 'Making Walks Sensory' includes advice on planning walks, tips on encouraging mindfulness and suggested sensory activities. [Full story...]

Dealing with bullying - Contact's Guide for Parents

Anti Bullying Week in November raises awareness of the harm that this behaviour can cause. Bullying can happen to any child, but is often aimed at children who are different in some way, for example because of a disability. Contact, the UK charity for families with a disabled child, has produced a guide with help and advice for families dealing with this difficult situation. [Full story...]

New Northwick Bear story for children with nystagmus and their families

The Northwick bear stories, about a bear and his owner Frank who both have nystagmus, help children with this eye condition and their families understand how if affects what children can see and do. [Full story...]

VocalEyes reports on findings of their 'Museum and Heritage Access Survey 2020'

VocalEyes has published the results of a survey conducted in spring 2020 into access facilities and museum and heritage sites in the UK. Although 82% of respondents felt that access was much or slightly better in general over the past 4 years, there are still many areas needing improvement. [Full story...]

Best Practice Guidelines for businesses from RNIB

As the Welsh firebreak comes to an end, RNIB has advice and guidance for businesses who want to ensure that their premises and services are accessible to vision impaired customers. [Full story...]

Preparing for work: Information and advice on planning for employment

The Thomas Pocklington Trust's Student Support Service has produced guidance for vision impaired students who are preparing to enter the workplace. [Full story...]

Voting is still not accessible for people with sight loss

The results of an RNIB survey on the experiences of vision impaired people when voting in the 2019 General Election show that voting remains inaccessible, with only 13% of blind people able to vote independently and in private. [Full story...]

RNIB Cymru launch Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament election manifesto

Elections for the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru are due to take place in 2021, and RNIB Cymru have launched their manifesto, calling on the next government to remove the barriers which are making life difficult for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

New guide for higher education providers supporting students with vision impairment during Covid-19

The Thomas Pocklington Trust, LOOK UK and Guide Dogs have joined forces to produce 'A Guide for Higher Education Providers Supporting students with vision impairment during Covid-19'. [Full story...]

RNIB Toolkit to challenge discrimination

1st October 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the Equality Act, which was intended to protect individuals from unfair treatment and to create a more equal society. RNIB has information to explain the Act, and make a challenge if you feel that you have been discriminated against. [Full story...]

Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru Coronavirus Information

As the situation regarding coronavirus changes, here is a reminder that the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru has produced a very comprehensive set of information on all aspects of the current coronavirus situation, to ensure that people have access to authoritative and reliable sources of help and advice. [Full story...]

RNIB launch toolkit for challenging inaccessible websites

New Web Accessibility Regulations came into force on 23rd September, requiring public sector websites to be accessible to everyone, including vision impaired people. RNIB has produced a toolkit which explains the new rules, and gives guidance on how to challenge organisations who do not meet these requirements. [Full story...]

'Time to Focus' report makes case for increased research into eye conditions

Fight for Sight, the UK charity that funds eye research has published a new report, 'Time to Focus, which calls urgently for more investment in sight loss research, showing the rising personal and economic cost of sight loss in the UK. [Full story...]

Encouraging independence in your child with vision impairment

Henshaws has produced a free book giving hints and tips on how parents can encourage their vision impaired child to become more independent. [Full story...]

Pocklington Trust framework document for parents wanting to set up a support group

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has produced a framework document for parents and carers of children with vision impairment who want to set up a support group. [Full story...]

Back to school information from vision impairment organisations

As children return to school after an exceptionally long break, several vision impairment organisations have help and advice for parents, children and teachers. [Full story...]

LOOK Student's Handbook

LOOK has produced a survival guide for anyone who is vision impaired and heading off to University (or some form of Higher Education) this autumn. [Full story...]

Life in Higher Education - advice for students from the Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has advice for vision impaired students who are about to go to university. [Full story...]

Research report: Barriers to integrating routine depression screening into community low vision rehabilitation services

Undetected depression is common in people with low vision and depression screening has been recommended. However, this is a complex procedure for which low vision practitioners need training. A new study into this topic, co-written by researchers at Cardiff University, has been published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. [Full story...]

Back to school: Welsh Government issues guidance for supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged learners

Schools in Wales will be reopening in September, and the Welsh Government has issued guidance on how vulnerable and disadvantaged learners can be supported in a school environment which has changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance provides advice and sets expectations relating to support for these learners in a range of scenarios. [Full story...]

Updated information leaflets for parents from CHECT

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) has updated three of their information leaflets for parents: ‘Just Diagnosed’, 'Enucleation’ and ‘Chemotherapy’. [Full story...]

Senedd Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee reports on inequality and the pandemic

The Senedd’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee has published the results of its enquiry into the effects of the pandemic. The report, 'Into sharp relief: inequality and the pandemic', finds that 'the virus and the response to it is widening existing inequalities, by reducing the incomes and increasing risks disproportionately for some groups of people'. [Full story...]

Eye clinic appointments: a guide for parents from RNIB

RNIB has produced a guide for parents who may be concerned about attending their child’s hospital eye clinic appointment during coronavirus. [Full story...]

Guides for leisure centres

British Blind Sport has joined forces with RNIB, Visionary and Metro Blind Sport to provide guidance to leisure centres and sporting facilities on how to welcome people with sight loss when they re-open. [Full story...]

Developing visually impaired audiences in Wales - Toolkit for theatres and arts venues

The Arts Council of Wales and Disability Arts Cymru have produced a new guide for theatres and arts venues with advice on how they can be made accessible to vision impaired people. [Full story...]

Welsh Parliament publishes first report on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on health and social care

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee of the Welsh Parliament has published its first report on the impact of the coronavirus. [Full story...]

Top tips for providing remote information, advice and guidance during a crisis

Henshaws, the organisation that provides support for people with sight loss in the north of England, has been operating a new model of frontline service delivery for visually impaired service users since the start of the pandemic. Now they have produced some 'Top Tips' on providing these services, base on their experiences. The information will be of interest to any charity or other organisation wanting to provide telephone support. [Full story...]

Macular Society gives advice for parents

The Macular Society has provided advice for parents of children who have been diagnosed with macular disease. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs have produced some top tips on social distancing.

Guide Dogs have created some top tips on how you can #BeThere for people with sight loss whilst practising social distancing where possible. [Full story...]

Travel advice from Guide Dogs and The Macular Society

The coronavirus pandemic has brought changes to the way that people travel on public transport. Guide Dogs and The Macular Society have produced some useful advice for people with sight loss as they try to adapt to the changes. [Full story...]

Welsh Government issues guidance on creating safer public spaces during the coronavirus pandemic

The Welsh Government has issued guidance to the owners and operators of public places to keep people safe when restrictions are relaxed and urban spaces become busier. [Full story...]

'Society is the Disability: Disabled Women and Work' - Report from Chwarae Teg

Chwarae Teg, the organisation that works to ensure that women in Wales can enter the workplace, develop their skills and build rewarding careers, has published a report which looks at the experiences of disabled women; the barriers they have faced in work and the opportunities for improvement. [Full story...]

Supporting your VI child during their transition to High School: LOOK publishes resource document & podcast

LOOK recently held a webinar for parents and carers of vision impaired children in year 6 who are preparing to move to high school in September. They have now published a podcast of the session and also a resource document, which contains a summary of the discussion and gives advice and support. [Full story...]

Results of 'Fight for Sight' survey show impact of pandemic on vision impaired people

The responses to Fight for Sight's recent survey on the impact of the coronavirus on vision impaired people have been analysed. Concerns were raised about access to eye treatment (and the potential deterioration of sight), access to food, and the impact of social distancing measures. [Full story...]

Lockdown advice from Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK has produced some practical advice on coping with issues arising from lockdown for people with dual sensory loss. [Full story...]

Report on Management of nystagmus in children: a review of the literature and current practice in UK specialist services.

This medical review hopes to shine a light on the current management of children with nystagmus across five specialist centres in the UK in order to present, for the first time, a consensus on investigation and clinical management. [Full story...]

LOOK presents 'The Period Podcast'

Periods are seen as a taboo subject, but a new podcast tackles the topic, with a lively chat between a panel of LOOK mentors and women from the LOOK team. The podcast, which covers preparing for and dealing with periods, will be of interest to girls and young women with sight loss, and to their parents. [Full story...]

Temporary transport recommendations: Coronavirus Courtesy Code

From the perspective of blind and partially sighted people, accessible design means detectable kerbs and cycle lanes, inclusive pedestrian crossings and dedicated footways free from obstructions. [Full story...]

RNIB produce short guide for local and smaller shops

RNIB is in communication with major supermarkets about the needs of people with sight loss during the current situation. They have also produced a short guide, which can be given to the staff of smaller and local shops, to tell them how they can help vision impaired customers cope with the new conditions imposed to ensure social distancing. [Full story...]

Welsh Government issues advice on ethical values and principles for healthcare delivery framework

The Welsh Government has issued guidance for healthcare services when making decisions during the coronavirus outbreak. The advice has been informed by the set of principles drawn up by members of the Wales Disability Reference Group (including Wales Council of the Blind), and supported by 1,400 signatures. [Full story...]

'Looking after my Eyes' - Book from Seeability

Seeability, the organisation for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss, has produced a book, 'Looking after my eyes', to promote more conversations and better eye health for people with learning disabilities. [Full story...]

How to complain about inaccessible websites - AbilityNet factsheet

Website accessibility remains a problem for people with sight loss: for every 10 disabled users encountering barriers online, on average only one will complain about issues they encounter, and the other nine will give up or take their business elsewhere. Now AbilityNet, the organisation that helps people with disabilities to use digital technology at work, at home or in education, has produced a factsheet, with advice about how to complain. [Full story...]

Report highlights problems faced by older people in accessing GP services

A new report from the Bevan Foundation looks at the problems faced by older people when trying to access GP services in Wales, and highlights issues which will be familiar to people with sight loss. [Full story...]

ECLO Framework documents updated.

The Quality Framework and Practice Guidelines for Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) have been updated. [Full story...]

Welsh theatres need to improve their services for disabled customers

Vocal Eyes, the organisation that aims to increase the access of people with sight loss to the arts and to heritage sites, has produced its annual 'State of Theatre Access Report'. The report considers the availability of access information on theatre websites, and the number of accessible performances. [Full story...]

Welsh Government launch 'Action on Disability: The Right to Independent Living’ framework

The Welsh Government has launched 'Action on Disability: The Right to Independent Living’. The framework is intended to remove barriers that disabled people experience in their everyday lives. [Full story...]

Retina UK publishes results of its Sight Loss Survey 2019

Retina UK, the organisation for people with inherited sight loss, has published the results of its survey of people with sight loss. Over 900 people responded, and gave their views on issues such as quality of life, access to services and support, and knowledge of clinical research. [Full story...]

Communicating with people with cerebral visual impairments (CVIs)

The Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) Society is publishing information about potential pros and cons when considering the use of alternative communication methods with people with CVIs. [Full story...]

Retina UK reports on the challenges faced by working age people with degenerative sight loss

Retina UK (formerly RP Fighting Blindness) has published the results of a research project which was designed to identify gaps in services that working age people with inherited progressive sight loss would benefit from in their working lives. [Full story...]

Advice on making natural heritage centres accessible to people with sight loss

A new guide from Sensing Nature and VocalEyes gives advice to staff and volunteers at natural heritage sites such as nature reserves, country and coastal parks, parklands and gardens on making their sites accessible to visitors with sight loss. 'Supporting multisensory visitor experiences at natural heritage settings' gives detailed guidance on how to encourage and welcome vision impaired people. [Full story...]

'Messy and Muddy' - new guide to outdoor play from RNIB

It's good for children to play outside, and now a new guide from RNIB, 'Messy and Muddy', gives advice on how vision impaired children can get the benefits in a safe and accessible way. [Full story...]

How to make your museum more accessible to vi families and young people

'Kids in Museums', an organisation that works with museums to make them more welcoming for children, young people and families, has produced a guide on how to be more welcoming those who are blind or partially sighted. [Full story...]

Tips on producing an audio descriptive guide for museums and galleries

VocalEyes, the organisation that provides opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience the arts, has produced a new guide for museums, galleries and heritage sights wanting to provide a recorded audio descriptive guide for visitors with sight loss. [Full story...]

New guide for employers from RNIB

RNIB has published 'Employing someone with sight loss: a guide for employers'. It is intended to address the concerns that an employer may have about taking on someone with sight loss. [Full story...]

Society has little understanding of life for people with sight loss - New report from Guide Dogs

A new research report from Guide Dogs calls for members of the public to understand more about the everyday life of people with sight loss. 'By My Side' reveals that 60% of vision impaired people say that society has little understanding of the challenges they face, while 57% of sighted people want to understand more about sight loss. [Full story...]

Research study confirms the benefits of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs)

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported on a study into the benefits of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) in opthalmology clinics, and concluded that their presence is valuable in streamlining processes within the clinic, particularly in relation to the CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) process and providing continuity of care for patients when they were discharged from medical treatment. It also showed that ECLOs optimise efficiency within clinics and improve their effectiveness. [Full story...]

Norrie Disease Information Leaflet

The Norrie Disease Foundation has published an information leaflet which will be of interest to anyone affected by this very rare condition, and professionals in the sight loss sector. [Full story...]

Retinoblastoma Information for children & young people

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) has produced a useful resource for children and young people (and their parents) affected by retinoblastoma. [Full story...]

'Easing into Nature with Sight Impairment'

The University of Exeter and Sensing Nature have produced a booklet which gives advice on how people with sight loss can spend more time with nature - and get the sense of peace, perspective and relief from everyday demands that the natural world can provide. [Full story...]

Wales Vision Strategy 2018 - 2021 launched

The Wales Vision Strategy 2018 - 2012 has been launched at the Senedd, as part of Sensory Loss Awareness Month. [Full story...]

'Making Nature Accessible' - Guide from British Blind Sport

Walking is a great form of exercise, yet lack of accessible footpaths in rural environments and traffic and noise in urban areas can make this challenging for people with sight loss. Now, British Blind Sport (BBS), in association with 'Walking for Health' and the Universities of Sussex and Exeter, has produced a guide to supporting people with vision impairments to participate in group walks. [Full story...]

'Music is a Vibration' toolkit from Sense

Sense, the organisation for people with dual sensory loss, has produced a toolkit for anyone who wants to make their music activities accessible for people with complex disabilities. [Full story...]

Your rights to accessible and adaptable housing in Wales

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales has launched new guidance for disabled people and the organisations that support them which explains their rights and responsibilities regarding housing. [Full story...]

Independent, confident, connected - new report from Scope on disabled people's lives

A new report from Scope has identified the five key areas of life which can be enablers or barriers to disabled people being able to live the life they choose: Attitudes, work, care and support, public transport and digital technology. [Full story...]

Eye care for people with learning disabilities

Children and adults with learning disabilities are more likely to have serious sight problems than the rest of the population, yet many of them are not getting the eye care they need. SeeAbility's guide, 'How to be eye care aware', has lots of useful advice for families and support workers. [Full story...]

New guide for higher education professionals

'Supporting the achievement of learners with vision impairment in Higher Education' is new guide produced by the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR), University of Birmingham with support from the RNIB, the Thomas Pocklington Trust and the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP). [Full story...]

Employment guides from Sense

Sense, the organisation for people with dual sensory loss, has carried out research into the barriers which face deafblind people who are looking for work, and produced three employment guides to help address some of the issues raised. [Full story...]

Guide for GP surgeries should improve accessibilty for patients with sensory loss

A new guide for GP surgeries in Wales should make their services more accessible to people with sight and/or hearing loss. 'Understanding your patients’ needs. Best-practice guide for GP surgeries - Supporting people with Sensory Loss' has been produced by RNIB Cymru and Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, and is based on feedback from people with sensory loss. [Full story...]

Commons Committee reports on disability and the built environment

The Women and Equalities Committee of the UK House of Commons has published the results of its review of accessibility of the UK’s homes, buildings and public spaces. It concludes that, although the Equality Act 2010 requires reasonable adjustments to be made so that disabled people are not excluded from workplaces, public buildings, and places that serve the public, the Act is not having the kind of impact that was expected. [Full story...]

'Working with blind & partially sighted colleagues' - RNIB Guide

RNIB has produced a guide for employers, managers and colleagues of staff members with vision impairment. 'Working with blind and partially sighted colleagues: an employer and staff guide' covers topics such as facts about sight loss, communication and practical support in the workplace. [Full story...]

Eye health awareness in the black and minority ethnic communities in Wales

The results of a project which aimed to increase awareness of eye health and primary eye health care to people from at risk in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Wales have been published. [Full story...]

Report claims that UK is failing on disability rights

A report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in England and Wales claims that successive Governments have often failed to take account of disabled people’s rights when making policy; and have introduced some policies that actually make things much worse. The report has been produced by Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales, and is based on extensive engagement with disabled people. This included surveys and focus group meetings in venues including Cardiff, Wrexham and Llanelli. [Full story...]

RNIB Scotland updates 'Sight loss and dementia' leaflet

RNIB Scotland and the Alzheimer's Society have updated their leaflet for people with dementia. It has been produced for people with the condition, but will also be useful for carers and family members. [Full story...]

How Accessible is Access to Work in Wales? 3 years on.

A report was published by RNIB Cymru and Wales Council of the Blind highlighting disabled peoples' experiences of the Access to Work service. An update in 2019 has been published and is available here. [Full story...]

10 principles of good practice in vision rehabilitation

RNIB has produced a guide which tells people with sight loss what they should expect from rehabilitation services. '10 Principles of Good Practice in Vision Rehabilitation' covers aspects such as the right to a specialist assessment, and to provision of aids and adaptations. [Full story...]

Parents guide to vision impairment from RNIB

RNIB has produced a new edition of its resource 'Information about vision impairment: Guide for parents'. The document gives information on what vision impairments is, how it affects your child, and sources of support. [Full story...]


First World Blind Sports Day is Saturday 24th April

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has announced that the first World Blind Sports Day will be on Saturday on 24th April, and is inviting athletes, members, partners, coaches, referees, classifiers, officials and members of the public to get involved. [Full story...]

RNIB Cymru 'Pocket Guide to Voting' on 6th May

RNIB Cymru and the Electoral Commission have produced a handy pocket guide with information to help people with sight loss vote with confidence at the elections on 6th May 2021. [Full story...]

New website helps make climbing more accessible

A new website has been launched to provide information to make climbing more accessible to people with a vision impairment. [Full story...]

Bank of England announces new accessible £50 banknote

The new £50 bank note will be introduced in June, and will include a tactile feature. As with the £5, £10 and £20 notes, the Bank of England worked with RNIB to ensure that the new note is accessible for vision impaired people. [Full story...]

Audio described tours of Artes Mundi exhibition

'Artes Mundi' is an international contemporary art exhibition and prize which takes place in Cardiff every two years. Alongside this, a variety of events and creative projects are programmed, to enable local communities to engage with the exhibition. This year the programme includes free online audio-description, interactive tours for blind and visually impaired people. [Full story...]

Audio described sculpture and paintings

The Vocal Eyes organisation and South Wales-based artist Carl Chapple have produced some audio descriptions of artworks recently. [Full story...]

Audio described commentary at Wrexham Football Club needs your support!

Wrexham Disabled Supporters Association (DSA) is providing audio described commentary of the team's matches via Zoom and the service is free to all. This season, football fans from Canada, Scotland and Ireland have been tuning in but they would dearly love some more Welsh listeners! [Full story...]

Census 2021 - Information in accessible formats

Census Day was Sunday 21st March 2021 in Wales and England. A range of accessible formats and other support is available to help you find out about the census and complete it. [Full story...]

TV catch-up services: how accessible are they?

With more people watching TV during lockdown, a new blog from Henshaws reviews the accessibility of four of the UK’s major TV catch-up services for people with sight loss: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My5. [Full story...]

Disability Wales advice on making information accessible

Disability Wales has produced advice on how information can be made accessible to their members. [Full story...]

Free subscription for people with sight loss during coronavirus

RNIB is helping people with sight loss keep up to date during the coronavirus situation by offering a free subscription to a newspaper or broadcast guide delivered in a plain text email. [Full story...]

RNIB #DesignForEveryone campaign aims to increase accessibility

A new campaign from RNIB highlights the way that products designed without consideration of accessibility deny people with sight loss their privacy. [Full story...]

Welsh Pavement Parking Task Force produces report

The Wales Pavement Parking Task Force Group was formed by the Welsh Government in July 2019 to address an issue which is a major concern for vision impaired people. The Task Force has now produced a report, which recommends that 'parking on pavements should be tackled by changing driver behaviour through raising awareness that pavements are for pedestrians and not for vehicles, backed-up by the deterrent of effective enforcement'. [Full story...]

Identity card for deafblind people

It can be particularly difficult at the moment for people who are deafblind to communicate while they are out and about. Deafblind UK has designed a card which you can carry around with you to show that you are dual sensory impaired, and state how people can help you. [Full story...]

Transport for Wales joins the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme

Transport for Wales has joined the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, which allows the wearer to discreetly indicate that they may have additional needs that are not immediately obvious. [Full story...]

RNIB Bookshare Service for learners responds to the pandemic

The RNIB Bookshare service has a vast UK education collection that provides textbooks and materials to support the UK curriculum from early years to adult education. The free service for learners with a print disability, which can be accessed by teachers, students and now parents in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, has a range of accessible formats so books can be read electronically or adapted to suit personal reading needs. Books for leisure reading are also available. [Full story...]

LEGO Braille Bricks website launched

There is now a website for LEGO Braille Bricks, containing information about them and a wide range of suggested activities that children can carry out using the bricks. [Full story...]

Concerns raised about accessibility of arts venues after lockdown

Theatres and other arts venues are facing significant challenges when they try to reopen as lockdown eases. Concerns have been raised that these challenges will be magnified when trying to meet the need of people with sight loss, with features such as touch tours being impossible to provide safely. [Full story...]

Tesco expands priority shoppers list

Supermarket Tesco has agreed to extend its list of priority shoppers, following legal action for breaching the Equality Act 2010. Over 300 disabled people complained, including some with sight loss. [Full story...]

Covid-19: Guide Dogs issue guidance to bus and train operators

The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in changes to public transport to cater for social distancing and other measures. The Guide Dogs organisation has issued guidance to bus and train operators, giving advice on how they can support customers with sight loss as they adjust to the changes. [Full story...]

'The Interval' - Accessible cultural experiences during lockdown

VocalEyes, the organisation which promotes the use of audio description in arts and culture, is producing a weekly selection of accessible cultural experiences available remotely until theatres, museums and concert halls re-open their doors. [Full story...]

Accessibility features on Welsh health websites

Both Public Health Wales and NHS Direct Wales have put accessibility features on the coronavirus sections of their website. [Full story...]

Communications needs advice to health workers

Advice on communication needs for people with sensory loss and problems accessing mainstream print media has been compiled for health workers with supplementary material from Welsh organisations. [Full story...]

Accessible communication advice for health workers

A number of organisations in England have put together this advice on communications needs. [Full story...]

RNIB launch new way to access its library service

RNIB Reading Services has announced changes to its free online library, which now includes new features such as access to eBraille books. [Full story...]

New passenger assistance meeting point at Cardiff Central

Transport for Wales has introduced dedicated passenger assistance meeting points at Cardiff Central Station, which are located at the front of the station near the customer service desk and at the rear of the station near the barriers. [Full story...]

Office of Road and Rail issues new accessible travel policy guidance to train and station operators

Following a consultation exercise last year, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has issued new Accessible Travel Policy Guidance for train and station operators, which sets out the commitments they must include in their policies for helping older and disabled people to travel by rail. [Full story...]

Accessible washing machines - guidance from RIDC

The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RIDC) has produced a checklist for vision impaired people who are looking for a washing machine. [Full story...]

High Court says UK Government's arrangements for vision impaired voters are unlawful

The UK's High Court has ruled the Government’s current arrangements for voters with a vision impairment are unlawful as use of the Tactical Voting Devices (TVDs) that they specify do not allow them to vote without any need for assistance. The ruling follows a challenge from a registered blind voter in Norwich, whose case was supported by RNIB. [Full story...]

Toolkit to help Guide Dog users respond to access refusals

Guide Dogs and RNIB have joined forces to produce a toolkit which will help guide dog users to respond when faced with access refusals, for example in shops and when trying to use taxis. [Full story...]

RSS news reader for people with macular degeneration launched

A news feed for people with macular disease has been developed by Royal Holloway, University of London, to enable them to keep up with the news. It is designed to support the use of reading with the ‘eccentric viewing’ technique, whereby the individual holds their gaze slightly away from the text that scrolls from right-to-left like a news ticker. [Full story...]

RNIB launch new bilingual personal transcription service

RNIB's Personal Transcription Portal can take your printed material (books, letters etc.) and convert it into your preferred accessible format in English or Welsh. [Full story...]


Events for professionals at New College Worcester

New College Worcester (NCW) is running three outreach events for education professionals working with vision impaired children during the summer term. [Full story...]

New College Worcester virtual Family Day on 3rd May

New College Worcester (NCW) is running a virtual Family Day on 3rd May (Bank holiday). It is an opportunity for the families of young people with sight loss to talk to different NCW departments, take part in an advocacy session to discuss the student journey and have the chance to speak with current students. [Full story...]

Disability Wales Hustings event on 20th April

In advance of the Senedd elections on 6th May, Disability Wales is holding a hustings event on Tuesday 20th April at 4 pm. The topics will be employment and housing, and representatives of the main political parties will be attending. [Full story...]

'Managing your money' - online workshop for young adults

VICTA has joined forces with The Money Charity to offer a free workshop on money management to young adults with sight loss (age 16 + years) and VICTA alumni. [Full story...]

Author workshops for children from Nystagmus UK

As part of the build-up to Nystagmus Awareness Day 2021, Nystagmus Network has organised a series of children's writing workshops. Places are FREE, but must be booked in advance. The workshops are suitable for children aged 7 years and up. Everyone welcome. [Full story...]

Sense Usher weekly chatroom

Sense, the charity that supports people with dual sensory loss, runs a weekly Zoom chartroom for people affected by Usher syndrome. [Full story...]

Next Macular Society condition-specific webinar explores visual hallucinations in children

The next event in the Macular Society's series of condition-specific webinars will consider visual hallucinations in children and young adults with sight loss. [Full story...]

Next Macular Society virtual clinic is about air pollution and AMD

The next event in The Macular Society's series of Virtual Clinics will look at the possible links between exposure to pollution and the increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). [Full story...]

Glaucoma Digital Support Group Meetings in April and May

Glaucoma UK's programme of digital support group meetings continues during April and May. [Full story...]

'Medicine and Me: Living with Behçet’s' webinar on 20th April

Behçet’s UK and the Royal Society of Medicine have organised a free, online webinar on Tuesday 20th April from 6 pm to 8 pm. The theme will be fatigue/exhaustion in Behçet’s patients. [Full story...]

Sight Village Online Information Event

There will be another online Sight Village event on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd April. It is an opportunity to find out about the latest technology for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

RNIB Virtual 'Shape and Share' summer events programme

The summer schedule for RNIB's virtual family event programme, 'Shape and Share', is now available. The events are open to children, young people and families from across the UK and it would be good to see lots of Welsh families attending. The programme is designed to support families during this really difficult time. [Full story...]

British Blind Sport's 'Active at Home' schedule for April

'Active at Home' is British Blind Sport's latest programme to help people keep fit: a live workout week at the beginning of each month with a different inclusive class each night from Monday to Friday at 6pm. The schedule for Month 6 (starting on Monday 5th April) has been published. [Full story...]

Sight Cymru - Specialist Workers Meeting

A specialist workers meeting is being held via Teams for sector professionals and staff on Wednesday 12th May. The event will feature talks from consultants discussing Open Eyes, patient appointments and the Welsh Ambulance Service. [Full story...]

LOOK online events in April

LOOK's programme of regular online events continues in April. This includes fortnightly meetings of the Youth Music Forum, Parent Support Group and Youth Forum. [Full story...]

RNIB Connect Cymru Telephone Groups in March

The RNIB Community Connection team in Wales run a wide range of telephone groups. [Full story...]

Sight Village to visit Wales in 2021

Dates for Sight Village exhibitions in 2021 have been announced, and include the exhibition's first visit to Wales. [Full story...]

UCAN online workshops for children and young people

UCAN Productions continues to run a wide variety of free, online workshops for children and young adults with sight loss. [Full story...]

Macular Support Group Conference Call meetings in South Wales

While face-to-face meetings are suspended, The Macular Society is running regular telephone meetings for its members. [Full story...]

Macular Support Group Conference Call meetings in North Wales

While face-to-face meetings are suspended, The Macular Society is running regular telephone meetings for its members. [Full story...]

Sense 'Exercise through Dance' and seated yoga sessions

Sense is running free 'Exercise Through Dance' classes for people with dual sensory loss, in association with Para Dance UK, and also seated yoga sessions via the phone. [Full story...]

Royal Society of Blind Children - Programme of activities

The Royal Society of Blind Children (RSBC) has organised a programme of virtual activities for children and young adults. [Full story...]

Sight Life Telephone Groups

Sight Life continues to run a wide range of telephone groups for people with sight loss in Cardiff, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. [Full story...]

Cardiff City Bluebirds Ability Sessions

Cardiff City Football Club will be holding v.i. and pan disability football sessions. [Full story...]

Deafblind UK Social Group Telephone Calls

If you would like an opportunity to talk to people who are also living with deafblindness, join Deafblind UK's social group telephone calls and BSL video chats which are proving so popular that there are now 8 groups every fortnight. [Full story...]


Glaucoma research project at Cardiff University

Research to investigate whether a naturally occurring protein in the body can be used to prevent sight loss from glaucoma is being carried out at Cardiff University. [Full story...]

New Alexa function connects to RNIB Helpline

A new function has been launched on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices to help connect people with sight loss to the RNIB Helpline. Developed in partnership with the RNIB, the new feature allows people with sight loss to give the voice command of ‘Alexa, call RNIB Helpline’ to be connected directly to the service. [Full story...]

Welsh optometry practices equipped to carry out virtual consultations

A recent report by Optometry Today describes how 330 optometry practices accredited to the Eye Health Examination Wales Service have been supplied with equipment to boost the roll out of the NHS Wales Video Consulting Service. [Full story...]

TV programme shows the benefits of gene therapy

BBC TV programme 'DNA Family Secrets' shows how a DNA test can help people find the answers to life-changing questions, and a recent edition looked at whether a three year-old boy's sight loss was caused by a genetic mutation. [Full story...]

'Glaucoma in Perspective' app for patients

An app designed to provide education and support for people living with glaucoma was launched during World Glaucoma Week (March 7-13). 'Glaucoma in Perspective' was designed to help patients understand the impact of glaucoma, improve quality of life and reduce disease progression by promoting treatment adherence. [Full story...]

Researchers in Wales to develop test for severe short-sightedness

Researchers funded by Fight for Sight in partnership with the Welsh Government (through Health and Care Research Wales) are developing a genetic test to identify people with severe short-sightedness who are most at risk of permanent damage to their eyesight and thus benefit from more frequent monitoring. [Full story...]

New eye test could detect wet AMD before symptoms appear

The Macular Society is reporting that a new test could predict wet age related macular degeneration (AMD) up to three years before symptoms develop. [Full story...]

New treatment for AMD approved by NICE

A new treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which could see patients receiving as few as four injections a year, has been approved for use in England and Wales. [Full story...]

How the iPhone 12 Pro can help navigation

In a recent report for the BBC, vision impaired reporter Lucy Edwards showed how the Lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor feature on the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and artificial intelligence help her navigate a busy street. [Full story...]

Home test for glaucoma developed

Research funded by Fight for Sight and Glaucoma UK has led to the development of a vision test for glaucoma that can be performed at home. [Full story...]

Macular Society's 'Connect by Tech' service helping people stay in touch

In the early days of the pandemic, The Macular Society launched 'Connect by Tech', a service providing telephone support to people with sight loss who need help to use technology during the corona virus crisis. Now they are reporting that volunteers have been kept busy helping people use Kindles and smart speakers and making video calls. [Full story...]

Fight for Sight to fund stem cell research

Fight for Sight has announced funding for a ground-breaking stem cell research study which could reverse sight loss for people with macular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and juvenile macular dystrophies. [Full story...]

New research to investigate sight problems after stroke

On World Stroke Day (29th October) Fight for Sight announced that is to fund research to test the effectiveness of a treatment for ‘retraining’ the eyes for people who experience a loss of vision after stroke (hemianopia). [Full story...]

Using the NHS Test and Trace app if you have sight loss

The NHS Test and Trace app, which was launched in September, is an important part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England, and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. Now Henshaws has tried it out, to find out how accessible it is for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

British Wireless for the Blind Fund Connect service to be extended

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) started its Connect service to enable them to continue to support people living with sight loss throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The charity has now decided to extend the scheme to continue supporting people with sight loss who may be choosing to shield. [Full story...]

Free Amazon Fire Tablets from RNIB

RNIB is offering Amazon Fire Tablets free to those who currently receive its large or giant print books and who have access to the internet. [Full story...]

Google's Lookout App can read grocery labels

Google's Lookout App can now read the labels of grocery items. [Full story...]

Social distancing app

A social distancing app for Android and Chrome called Sodar is now available to help people with sight loss keep distance from other people. [Full story...]

Results of stem cell treatment for wet AMD 'surpass expectations'

Patients who were the first to receive a new treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) derived from stem cells in 2015 have maintained improvements in their vision five years on. [Full story...]

'Be My Eyes' users can now connect with RNIB

'Be My Eyes', the app that allows vision impaired people to call on sighted volunteers, has announced that the app can now be used to connect with RNIB for specialised advice. [Full story...]

20 things the Amazon Echo can make easier for vi people

There's a useful article on the 'Life of a Blind Girl' blog about how the Amazon Echo can make a real difference to the lives of people with sight loss. [Full story...]

RNIB technology grant scheme

RNIB offers grants to vision impaired people for useful technology that can help them to live independently. This includes accessibility software, accessible smartphones or tablets, and talking kitchen equipment. [Full story...]

Research project seeks an alternative to eye injections

A research project is considering a way to deliver drugs to the back of the eye through eye drops. [Full story...]

Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is too early to tell the results from this trial, but if it is successful, the aim would be to treat patients before they have lost any sight, in a bid to halt AMD in its tracks. [Full story...]

Accessibility features of Windows and MS Office

Microsoft has a section of its website which describes the most popular accessibility features of Windows and Microsoft Office. It also covers assistive technology products for Windows and Microsoft Office that are designed for people who are blind or have low vision. [Full story...]

Artificial Intelligence as good as experts in diagnosing eye disease

A study by Moorfields Eye Hospital and DeepMind (a Google company) has found that artificial intelligence (AI) can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some leading experts. Although further trials are needed, it is hoped that this development could eventually lead to quicker diagnosis and reduce delays. [Full story...]

'Soundscape' app to open up towns & cities to people with sight loss

Microsoft have launched Soundscape, an app that makes it easier for people with sight loss to explore our towns and cities. The App is a result of a collaboration between Guide Dogs and Microsoft. People with sight loss were at the heart of the development of the technology, influencing its design and testing the product. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs 'Access and Technology' Grants

Guide Dogs' Children and Young People's Services offer grants towards the purchase of assistive or adaptive technology and sensory toys for those aged 18 years and under with vision impairment. [Full story...]


Deafblind UK holidays in Prestatyn

Deafblind UK has two self catering caravans which provide a home from home break for people with dual sensory loss at heavily discounted rates. [Full story...]

Summer Activity Break at New College Worcester

New College Worcester (NCW) is running a residential summer activity break for young people aged 11 to 16 years with sight loss from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd July. [Full story...]

Job opportunity with Guide Dogs Cymru in North Wales

Guide Dogs Cymru is recruiting for a Trainee Habilitation Specialist to join the team who will be based in North Wales. Once qualified, the successful candidate will work across North Wales to support contracted habilitation for local authorities, delivering the virtual “My Time to Play” service and supporting mobility and applications for a Guide Dog from young people. [Full story...]

Opportunity to train as a LOOK mentor

LOOK is offering people with sight loss aged between 18 and 35 years the opportunity to train as mentors, and join their tailored peer-mentoring service for vision impaired young people. [Full story...]

Job opportunity with Disability Wales

Disability Wales is looking for a Finance and Operations Manager to provide leadership in all financial matters including budget planning, development and reporting, accounts management, payroll activities and programmes, as well as all operational matters including HR, Health and Safety and IT. [Full story...]

Focus group to discuss the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act

Welsh Government want to know how well the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) 14 Act is going. The Act is all about providing support to people who need it in ways that are person centred and helpful. One specific area of interest is co-production. In 2021 a small team of researchers would like to talk with people supported by services about their experiences of co-production.

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Free beginners Welsh conversation classes from Sight Cymru

Sight Cymru has started free, weekly Welsh conversation classes for beginners. [Full story...]

Nystagmus Network launch 'Raindrops' programme of events and competitions

In the build up to Nystagmus Awareness Day on 20th June, Nystagmus Network has launched a programme of events, competitions and resources around this year's theme of 'Raindrops'. [Full story...]

Student placement opportunities with Disability Wales

Disability Wales provides student placement opportunities to disabled students through the GO Wales scheme, which is designed to support the employability of young students on higher education courses in Wales, and is aimed at young students who have faced barriers in accessing higher education or work experience and are most at risk of not securing employment, education or training when leaving their higher education course. [Full story...]

Start Something Good - Social enterprise challenge for young people in Wales

Big Ideas Wales has launched the Start Something Good Social Enterprise Challenge 2021 for young people aged 11-18 living in Wales. They want to hear from young people if they can think of a solution to something that would have a positive impact on people in their community. [Full story...]

Vision impaired tennis sessions in Cardiff

Cardiff Stars Tennis Club organises tennis sessions for adults with a visual impairment, which run indoors at David Lloyd Cardiff on Wednesday afternoons. Led by an LTA-qualified coach, the sessions include structured coaching but also provide a chance to play some games of tennis and meet others. VI tennis uses a smaller court and sponge balls with bells in to help players establish a rally, and the club are proud to have entered tournaments pre-Covid. [Full story...]

Opportunity for vision impaired musicians: Euro Low-Vision Song Contest

LOOK UK is the official UK selection committee for the online European song contest for visually impaired musicians. Musicians who would like to represent the UK are invited perform an original song at a live, online UK Selection show on Sunday 25th April. [Full story...]

Cardiff Blues VI Rugby Team seeks new members

The Cardiff Blues Visually Impaired rugby team is looking for new members. The team is part of the Cardiff Blues Region and fully supported by the club and Welsh Rugby Union. All games and training sessions take place at Cardiff Arms Park on Tuesday evenings at 6pm and this will begin again when restrictions allow. [Full story...]

Visually Impaired Sailing Association events for 2021 - changes to schedule

The Visually Impaired Sailing Association Great Britain is run by blind and partially sighted sailing enthusiasts to help others enjoy the freedom of sailing. The schedule of events for 2021 that was announced earlier has been changed as a result of coronavirus restrictions. [Full story...]

Opportunities for Disability Arts Cymru members

The pandemic has caused particular problems for people working in the arts sector. Now Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) is offering its members some support. [Full story...]

Volunteer trainers with sight loss needed

Sight Cymru is looking for volunteer trainers with sight loss for their 'Don't Look Away' project. [Full story...]

Welsh Ambulance Service - Offer to local vision impairment groups and clubs

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust has had to cancel all their planned face to face events and engagement activities across Wales. However, one of their main concerns is to stay connected with members of the public, to meet and listen to their experiences, share information and enable them to influence the trust's work. [Full story...]

New Welsh Government Benefit Take-up Initiative: Free training for front line workers

Tens of millions of pounds in benefits and other help currently goes unclaimed in Wales: money which can make a real difference in families’ lives. The Dangos project is a new Welsh Government funded initiative which aims to increase knowledge and awareness about the availability of help in frontline workers (paid or volunteers) who are in day-to-day contact with families who might need extra help. [Full story...]

Mock interviews with the Thomas Pockington Trust

Job seekers with vision impairment are being offered the opportunity of a mock interview with the Thomas Pocklington Trust's Employment Team. [Full story...]

The BBC is looking for more diverse voices

The BBC's 50:50 project aims to increase the range of its contributors to better reflect the diversity of its audience. This means, for example, that disabled people with specialist knowledge of a particular topic are invited to contribute to discussions on that topic. [Full story...]

Opportunity to help research into Dry AMD

Do you have late-stage dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or know someone who does? Researchers are looking for patients with the condition to take part in a new study, which could help scientists understand the role genetics plays in the disease. [Full story...]

Free counselling via Skype from LOOK UK

LOOK has teamed up with York College to offer free skype counselling sessions to vision impaired people aged 18+, as well as their network of support staff, parents, carers and siblings. [Full story...]

Volunteers wanted to test vision monitoring app

Would you like to test an app, which may help reduce the number of times you need to visit your eye clinic? Okko Health is asking for volunteers with macular disease to test a new home-monitoring app, which uses software similar to a video game to assess visual health. [Full story...]

Leonard Cheshire Disability 'Change Makers' programme for young people

Leonard Cheshire has launched its 'Change Makers' scheme, which gives young people with disabilities aged 16 to 25 years the opportunity to become a citizen reporter. [Full story...]

RNIB Cymru's Connect Voices Network seeks new members

RNIB Cymru is looking for people with sight loss to help shape what they do. [Full story...]

Scope - Working on Wellbeing project

Disability charity Scope's 'Working on Wellbeing' project is an employment training and support programme for disabled people in Wales. Advisors will work with individuals to develop a programme around their career goals and how they can be achieved. [Full story...]

People with macular disease wanted to take part in research project

The Department of Psychology at City, University of London is looking for volunteers for a study on the effects of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) on communication, social interaction and interpersonal relationships. [Full story...]

British Blind Sport launches 'First Steps' project for children

British Blind Sport has launched 'First Steps', a project designed to empower and encourage children between the ages of 3 – 11 years old with a visual impairment to develop their early developmental movement skills and to become physically active. [Full story...]

The University of Bristol would like to hear your views on 'smart' research.

The University of Bristol is researching people's views on 'smart' research on public-access campuses and what this means for the future of research ethics. [Full story...]

The Welsh Ambluance Service wants to hear your experiences of accessing their service.

If you have accessed any of the services provided by the Welsh Ambulance Service over the past few months, they would like to hear your views. [Full story...]

JobSense continue to take new referrals

The JobSense team are fully operating their pre-employment support. [Full story...]

Call for participants: Academic research focused on the social and academic inclusion of adolescents with and without visual impairments

A PhD researcher in the Department of Psychology at Kingston University London is looking for participants to help with research into the social and academic inclusion of adolescents with and without visual impairments. [Full story...]

Visually Impaired Genealogists Group

Are you blind, partially sighted, or deafblind and interested in your ancestry? Would you like to trace your family history? A new, free to join group can give you all the help you need, including help with your assistive technology. [Full story...]

JobSense employability project for people with sensory loss

JobSense is an employability project funded by the Welsh Government and EU. It will work with unemployed people with sight or hearing loss aged over 25 years, giving them personalised support to build confidence and skills, and provide information about technology and schemes such as Access to Work that can help them in the workplace. [Full story...]

Changing Futures - Employment programme for disabled people in Swansea and Bridgend

Changing Futures is an employment programme aimed at individuals with a disability living in the Swansea/Bridgend areas who are struggling to access training, volunteering or employment. The programme, which is run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, provides one-to-one and group training regarding job brokerage, and on the job and work related accredited training tailored to individual needs. It also provides up to 26 weeks of full time paid employment with local employers. [Full story...]


Eye drops and Ramadam - advice from Glaucoma UK

With Ramadan starting on 12th April, Glaucoma UK is advising that, if you have been prescribed drops for your glaucoma, it is essential you continue to take them throughout Ramadan to prevent damage to your sight. [Full story...]

Parent Talk Cymru - new service for parents of children and young people

Parent Talk Cymru is a free and confidential service for parents of 0-19 year-olds in Wales from Action for Children. You can get support with anything that’s worrying you about parenting or your child. [Full story...]

'See what's next' campaign and website for people with wet AMD

Pharmaceutical company Novartis, supported by The Macular Society, has launched 'See What's Next', a website and disease awareness campaign to help those with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) continue to live more independently. [Full story...]

Independent living skills at home - useful tips from Guide Dogs

The Guide Dogs website has a section on independent living skills at home. It has a wide range of useful and practical advice under topics such as household chores, preparing meals, organising everyday items and managing appointments. [Full story...]

Plan your journey to a hospital appintment with 'My Health Journey'

Traveline Cymru’s ‘My Health Journey’ website allows you to plan your trip to a hospital appointment by public transport, find your bus stops and keep up to date with the latest transport news. [Full story...]

Tom Walker Podcasts on vision impairment

Tom Walker, a radio producer and reporter presents a series of podcasts related to vision impairment. [Full story...]

Children in Wales missing out on habilitation support

A report on BBC Wales highlights gaps in the provision of habilitation services for children with sight loss in some parts of Wales. [Full story...]

World Glaucoma Week 2021

World Glaucoma Week 2021 is 7th to 13th March. Glaucoma UK, the charity that provides help, information and support to anyone affected by the condition and professionals working with them, is using the week to raise awareness of the support and services that they provide, and how they have been adapted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to be accessible anytime and anywhere. [Full story...]

Royal National College for the Blind website has a new look

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) has launched a new website, reflecting the wealth of education, training, services and expertise on offer at its Hereford campus. [Full story...]

Support from Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT UK)

For World Cancer Day on 4th February, we have a reminder that the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT UK) provides a wide range of support to anyone affected by retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. [Full story...]

Update to Vision Support services

Vision Support has updated its information about the services it is providing to people with sight loss in North Wales during the pandemic. [Full story...]

RNIB Tax Advice team

RNIB has a Tax Advice team that supports blind and partially sighted people with tax, tax credits and HMRC issues across the UK. [Full story...]

Macular Society local support

The Macular Society's face-to-face meetings continue to be suspended due to the pandemic, although the society continues to provide support to people affected by macular conditions over the telephone. [Full story...]

RNIB Emergency Mental Health Sessions - additional resources for Wales

Last autumn, RNIB announced the launch of a new Emergency Mental Health Service: free sessions by BACP-registered counsellors with sight loss experience, over the phone, to give emotional support during these difficult times. Now, funds have been secured to allow increased support for people in Wales. [Full story...]

Covid 19 vaccine rollout: Patient information from NHS Wales

The NHS Wales website contains a section on the Covid 19 vaccine for patients in priority groups. [Full story...]

Sight Cymru COVID-19 ring-around service

Since the first lockdown in March, Sight Cymru has been providing a ring-around service, and other services to help ease the feelings of loneliness and isolation felt by people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Social distancing when you are vision impaired- audio guide from Henshaws

Henshaws' '11 tops tips for social distancing if you are blind or vision impaired' is now available as an audio guide on their YouTube channel. The tips have been written by a senior rehabilitation officer from the charity, who is vision impaired himself. [Full story...]

Disabled people and Brexit - video resources from Disability Wales

Disability Wales has produced a series of short YouTube films to explain how the UK's departure from the European Union will affect people with disabilities. [Full story...]

Gene Vision - A new resource on rare genetic eye disorders for everyone

Gene Vision is a new, on-line, fully accessible web resource for both health care professionals and patients. It has been set up by Professor Mariya Moosajee, a practising consultant ophthalmologist specialising in genetic eye disease, so that anyone with an interest in this area can benefit from the sharing of knowledge and expertise. [Full story...]

Vision Support Home Visitor Service

Vision Support is reminding people in North Wales that, during Covid-19, their Home Visitors are available to offer essential visits and support. [Full story...]

Employment Services from The Thomas Pocklington Trust: Professional Coaching Service added

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has launched a professional coaching service for blind & partially sighted people who have been made redundant or are facing redundancy as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. This follows the recent offer of mock interviews for job seekers with sight loss. [Full story...]

Befriending scheme for people with aniridia

Aniridia Network UK is reminding people with the condition that they run a befriending scheme for members that seeks to link people who are affected by it, whether as individuals or parents, for support, to discuss experiences and share knowledge. [Full story...]

Social Distancing tools

Since COVID-19 there has been a new focus on the need to maintain social distancing. While the public has made great efforts at this, as with all things that require ongoing conscious efforts, people get tired. This coupled with increased anxiety of many who feel vulnerable and the virus still being present in our communities has caused a number of groups explore the concept of polite prompting of others by a means of self-identifying with a badge or similar. Both RNIB and the Bevan Foundation have designed items that individuals can wear or carry to request that social distancing is observed. [Full story...]

Retina UK Online Information and Support resources include Facebook Group for Wales

Retina UK has a number of online support resources which are available via social media. These include a range of local peer support groups on Facebook, including one covering Wales. [Full story...]

Could filters and tints help your eye condition?

Henshaws has produced a very informative new video with information about the variety of filters and tints which are designed to enhance contrast and definition to assist with certain eye conditions. [Full story...]

'Reality or Illusion?' Film about Charles Bonnet Syndrome

'Reality or Illusion?' is a 14-minute training film about Charles Bonnet Syndrome, presented by consultant ophthalmologist Manoj Kulshrestha. [Full story...]

Diabetes UK gives advice on eye care during the pandemic

Diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in the UK, and Diabetes UK has advice on how you can keep your eyes healthy if you have the condition. [Full story...]

Glaucoma UK Digital Support Group sessions available to view

Glaucoma UK's series of Digital Support Groups has now finished, but you can view the sessions on YouTube. [Full story...]

Job seeking and employment videos

The Macular Society and Support4Sight have joined forces to create a series of videos, exploring the challenges of employment and looking for work as a visually impaired person. [Full story...]

Advice on tolerating face masks for vi children

CVI Scotland has produced some advice on how children with sight loss can be supported to wear face masks. [Full story...]

Macmillan Cancer Support launches Telephone Buddy Service

Going through cancer can be an isolating experience at any time, and especially when social distancing. Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a free Telephone Buddy service to provide support at this difficult time. [Full story...]

UCAN Productions launch 'The Pod Squad'

The Pod Squad is a new podcast from UCAN Productions, created by, and for, vision impaired young people. [Full story...]

Tips for attending your eye clinic appointment during coronavirus from RNIB

RNIB has produced a short film which contains practical advice for people attending an eye clinic appointment during the coronavirus pandemic. [Full story...]

VICTA Parent Portal - resources for home schooling

VICTA Parent Portal, the information hub for parents and carers raising a child who is blind or partially sighted, has put together a list of education resources for home schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. [Full story...]

The Amber Trust launches new online resource for teaching music to blind children

The Amber Trust has launched 'Amber Sound Touch', the first comprehensive online teaching resource for music that specifically caters for teachers working with blind and partially sighted children. [Full story...]

Welsh Government advice for unpaid carers.

Welsh Government has issued advice for unpaid carers about regulations and best practise during Covid-19 measures. [Full story...]

Problems with lockdown measures for people with sight loss

Lockdown measures such as social distancing are creating problems for people with sight loss due to the ocular-centricity of the guidance. [Full story...]

New tool from Welsh Government to help people struggling due to Coronavirus

The Welsh Government has launched a new triage tool for Welsh citizens, setting out where they can get help and advice for their individual circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Full story...]

Advice for taxi and minicab drivers

Guide Dogs have prepared advice on how drivers can safely work with customers who are blind and partially-sighted. [Full story...]

Mental health and wellbeing advice from Henshaws and The Macular Society

For Mental Health Awareness Week, The Macular Society and Henshaws produced some useful advice for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Live Fear Free: domestic abuse helpline.

The Live Fear Free Helpline offers support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Welsh Women's Aid offers National Helpline for Wales and supports women, men and children. [Full story...]

New website to support the education of vision impaired children

Sarah Hughes, Head of the Vision Impairment Service for South East Wales and Chair of Welsh Association of Vision Impairment Educators (WAVIE), has set up a website containing information to support the education of children with sight loss. [Full story...]

Deafblind UK launches new Wellbeing and Emotional Support service

Deafblind UK has launched a new, free, support service to provide in-depth assistance to people with dual sensory loss. [Full story...]

How to get your prescriptions if you're unable to leave the house.

Here is some advice from Community Pharmacy Wales on getting prescriptions delivered or redirected. [Full story...]

Useful advice and resources for families from LOOK and Guide Dogs

The websites of LOOK UK and Guide Dogs have lots of helpful information for families with vision impaired children during the corona virus crisis. [Full story...]

Advice for people helping a vision impaired person with shopping

Blind Veterans UK and Henshaws have published useful advice for anyone who is helping a vision impaired person with shopping. Both organisations stress the importance of talking to the person you are helping, to understand their preferences and the systems they have in place. [Full story...]

Sensory learning advice from Henshaws

Henshaws has produced some useful information on how children with sight loss can learn to complete tasks by using other senses such as touch and hearing. [Full story...]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes

Diabetes UK has issued advice about the corona virus situation for people with this condition. [Full story...]

Home schooling resources during the corona virus crisis

VIEW, a registered charity, which helps to support the education, development and opportunities of children with vision impairment (VI), has produced a list of resources which will be useful to parents of children during the current corona virus crisis. [Full story...]

Cwm Taf Care and Repair offers extra support during corona virus outbreak

Cwm Taf Care and Repair is launching two new services to help older people in the area during the corona virus crisis. [Full story...]

Visual Impairment Breconshire telephone befriending service will continue to operate

Following the Government's latest advice regarding the Corona Virus, Visual Impairment Breconshire has postponed all face-to-face activities. However, they will continue to operate their telephone befriending service. [Full story...]

VICTA launches Student Helpline

VICTA has launched a new Helpline for university students with a vision impairment. [Full story...]

RNIB Grant Scheme

RNIB offers grants to registered blind or partially sighted people for useful technology that can help them live independently. [Full story...]

Sight Advice FAQ

A group of sight loss charities, including Fight for Sight, RNIB and Guide Dogs, has launched a new website, Sight Advice FAQ, to answer questions about all aspects of sight loss. [Full story...]

Sighted guiding resources from Guide Dogs

The Guide Dogs organisation has produced a set of videos giving advice on guiding someone with sight loss. They will be of interest to friends, families, and anyone who has contact with vision impaired people. [Full story...]

'Little Amber' scheme helps babies and young children engage with music

The Amber Trust is a UK charity which was set up to help vision impaired children with a talent, or love for, music. Their 'Little Amber' service provides parents and professionals of vision impaired babies and children aged 0 - 5 years with free online resources to help them use music to engage with them. Families on the scheme receive two-hour music sessions four times a year from a trained music practitioner, plus a deck of specially designed activity cards and a set of starter percussion instruments. [Full story...]

'The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD' - new training resource from the Macular Society

The Macular Society has added a second module to its series of free on-line training resources for professionals. 'The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD' is intended to give professionals information on how they can support newly-diagnosed patients, understand the risks to mental health, and provide appropriate information and advice. [Full story...]

Vital Tech - Guide to assistive technology

Vital Tech is a website which seeks to be an impartial, straightforward guide through the world of assistive technology in the UK. The site, supported by Thomas Pocklington Trust, provides an overview of products and resources which blind and partially sighted people may find useful in daily life. [Full story...]

What are reasonable adjustments? Guidance from EHRC

The UK's equality law requires employers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure that, as far as possible, disabled people have the same access to getting and doing a job as someone without a disability. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced a range of resources for employees giving more information about what is 'reasonable'. [Full story...]

Database of optometrists providing services for people with learning disabilities

SeeAbility, the organisation that supports people with learning disabilities and sight loss, has produced a map showing UK optometrists and dispensing opticians who have shared information on their services for people with learning disabilities. [Full story...]

Direct Payments - online resource

Social Care Wales has launched an on-line resource for recipients of Direct Payments, and professionals working with them. A Direct Payment is money provided to an individual from a local authority as an alternative to directly arranged community care services. [Full story...]

'The Right to Participate' resource aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act

Disability Rights UK has launched an online resource titled 'The Right to Participate'. It aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act, especially the ways it can protect disabled people from discrimination in everyday situations. [Full story...]

Films from Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK has produced a series of short films to raise awareness of the work that they do, and the people that they support. [Full story...]

Disability discrimination at school - advice from Contact

Contact, the organisation that supports the families of disabled children, has produced information about a disabled child's rights at school, and how to respond if these are not met. This follows a high level of calls to the Contact helpline from parents whose disabled children have been unlawfully excluded from school activities. [Full story...]

Understanding Cerebral Vision Impairment (CVI)

The website of CVI Scotland has some useful resources which explain Cerebral Vision Impairment. [Full story...]

Nystagmus Network launches Education Resource Hub

Nystagmus Network (NN) has launched a new resource for parents and carers of children with nystagmus, comprising practical information, signposting to resources and answers to frequently asked questions. [Full story...]


New emergency service being trialled in Cardiff and Vale Health Board

A new approach to responding to 999 emergency calls is undergoing a 6-month trial in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, starting on 19th April 2021. [Full story...]

Easing of Covid 19 restrictions in Wales

On Saturday 27th March, the Welsh Government lifted some of the restrictions that have been in place since Christmas 2020. Travel anywhere within Wales is now allowed, and some outdoor mixing is permitted. [Full story...]

Progress of the Covid vaccination in Wales - interview on RNIB Connect Radio

RNIB Connect Radio has an interview with Dr Gill Richardson, chair of Wales' Covid-19 Vaccine programme. She talks about the progress of the programme, and how it is being made accessible for blind and partially sighted people. [Full story...]

Change of advice to those who are 'clinically extremely vulnerable'

Welsh Government advice to those who are defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (previously known as ‘shielding’) is changing. [Full story...]

Cardiff and Vale UHB 'Highly Commended' in HSJ Awards for work on glaucoma

Congratulations to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board who were highly commended in the HSJ Awards in the category 'Connecting services and information'. [Full story...]

Changes to compliance aids provided by Glaucoma UK

Glaucoma UK has had to limit the range of compliance aids that they can provide, due to the pandemic. The aids help patients to use their eye drops. [Full story...]

Transforming Eye Care Services Wales project explained in video

A short film has been produced to explain how the Transforming Eye Care Services project is looking at how community optometry services can be used to reduce the burden on hospital eye care services in Wales, and allow patients to be treated closer to home. [Full story...]

Diabetic Eye Screening to resume in Wales

Diabetic Eye Screening Wales (DESW) has advised that, following the pause in screening services due to the Coronavirus pandemic, they are inviting people for screening again. [Full story...]

Charles Bonnet Syndrome to feature in TV soap storyline

A storyline in ITV's long running soap 'Coronation Street' will feature a character experiencing visual hallucinations, or Charles Bonnet Syndrome, and raise awareness of this less-known and very worrying effect of sight loss. [Full story...]

BBC's The Food Programme on 'cooking blind'

This week's edition of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme was about cooking when you have a vision impairment. [Full story...]

Welsh Government guidance on wearing face coverings

The Welsh Government has announced stricter supermarket rules in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. This includes stronger enforcement of the requirement to wear a face covering, although there are some exemptions. [Full story...]

Covid-19 vaccine: scam warning

There is a warning that scammers and criminals are trying to trick people regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine. The NHS don’t need your bank details and won’t ask for them in a phone call, email or text, and vaccines are NOT being delivered door-to-door. [Full story...]

Information for guide dog owners travelling to the EU

Following the UK's departure from the European Union and the end of the transition period, the country is no longer a member of the European Pet Passport Scheme. The Guide Dogs organisation has advice for people wanting to travel to the EU with their dogs. [Full story...]

Getting food and essential supplies if you are vulnerable, self-isolating or a critical worker

The Welsh Government has recently updated its advice on how you can get food and essential supplies if you are vulnerable, self-isolating or a critical worker. [Full story...]

Eye clinic appointments

RNIB Cymru is advising people who have eye clinic or opticians appointments that they should continue to attend, unless they have any symptoms of coronavirus. [Full story...]

New study to investigate the value of monitoring chronic eye care conditions in the community

Health and Care Research Wales has provided funding for a project to investigate the value of monitoring chronic sight-threatening conditions in the community. [Full story...]

Welsh vision impaired blogger is one of BBC's '100 women 2020'

Many congratulations to Elin Williams from Wales, who has been included in the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020. [Full story...]

Rehabilitation services from Vision Support

Vision Support's latest newsletter has information about the rehabilitation services that they provide to people in north Wales. [Full story...]

Cardiff University researcher wins 'Eye Health Hero' award

Congratulations to Nikita Thomas, a PhD student at the Cardiff University School of Optometry, who has been awarded an ‘Eye Health Hero’ Award for her outstanding work in developing a visual field-testing device for people with nystagmus. [Full story...]

UCAN Productions has a new Peer to Peer Support Officer

Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need, UCAN Productions now has a Peer to Peer Support Officer. Hannah Mathews has been appointed to the role. [Full story...]

Vision Support Community Information Service to benefit from National Lottery funding

The National Lottery Community Fund is giving £86,688 to Vision Support, which will be used for their Community Information Service. [Full story...]

UK Specialist VI curriculum project launched

A new project, funded by RNIB, has been launched to establish a UK-wide specialist vision impairment (VI) curriculum framework for children and young people. Participants in the project will include the Pocklington Trust, the professional association of the VI education Workforce (VIEW) and VI Centre for Teaching and Research (VICTAR) in addition to RNIB. [Full story...]

Travel during the Covid 19 firebreak: advice from Guide Dogs Cymru

Guide Dogs Cymru have the following advice for anyone with sight loss who has to travel during the current Wales firebreak. [Full story...]

Sight Cymru are extending their services

Sight Cymru have successfully been awarded funding from Welsh Government VSEF. [Full story...]

Sense and RNIB join forces to provide Sense Information and Advice Service

Sense, the charity supporting people with dual sensory loss, and RNIB will be working together to deliver a telephone and email-based information and advice service, The Sense Information and Advice Service. [Full story...]

Changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

LOOK UK is warning parents of 15-year-olds who are in receipt of DLA that they will be getting letters from the Department of Work and Pensions regarding the need to migrate from DLA to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). [Full story...]

Glaucoma UK campaign encourages safe screen use

For National Eye Health Week 2020, Glaucoma UK has launched a campaign to reassure people with glaucoma and dry eye that they can to use screens, and gives advice on how to do so safely. [Full story...]

Changes to coronavirus regulations

The Welsh Government has announced changes to the The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020, which came into effect on 14th September. They include the requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, such as shops, but with certain exemptions and exceptions. [Full story...]

Fight for Sight to conduct research into diabetic retinopathy and Covid-19

Fight for Sight is partnering with Diabetes UK to investigate if people with the eye disease diabetic retinopathy are at greater risk of developing complications from Covid-19. [Full story...]

Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced further changes to the process of claiming the Access to Work benefit during the pandemic. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs 'Buddy Dogs' service to be rolled out in Wales

Guide Dogs is now rolling out the Buddy Dog service throughout Wales. [Full story...]

Public Health Wales guidance on guiding, social distancing and hygiene

Public Health Wales has written supplementary guidance to SightAdviceFAQ pages on coronavirus. [Full story...]

TV Licence - blind concession

From 1st August 2020, people aged over 75 years will no longer be eligible for a free TV licence, unless they are in receipt of Pension Credit. However, if you are blind (severely sight impaired) and can provide the appropriate evidence, you are eligible to apply for a 50% concession. [Full story...]

Concerns raised about introduction of e-scooters

RNIB Cymru has raised concerns about the impact of the use of e-scooters on people with a vision impairment. [Full story...]

Call for more 'Esme's Friends' telephone groups

Judith Potts, founder of Esme's Umbrella, the organisation for people affected by Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), is calling on local, regional and national sight loss charities to create their own version of Esme’s Friends – a telephone chat service for people living with the condition, which causes visual hallucinations. [Full story...]

Face masks are now compulsory on public transport in Wales

From Monday 27th July, it is compulsory for people in Wales to wear face coverings on public transport and in taxis. [Full story...]

Phone First - for A&E care in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

People will be asked to phone first before going to A&E as emergency services are remodeled to respond to coronavirus. This new approach is been trialled in Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board from 5th August. The 999 emergency service is not affected. [Full story...]

Welsh Government to extend video consultations to optometry

Following the introduction of video consultations by General Practitioners as a result of the pandemic, the Welsh Government has announced that video consultation services will be extended to opticians, dental practices, and community pharmacies. [Full story...]

Taxi company in Swansea contracted by the health board for patients attending hospital appointments

Swansea Bay Health Board have contracted a taxi firm for patients to attend hospital appointments. [Full story...]

Vision Support has identified their top 5 mindfulness apps

The team at Vision Support has identified their top 5 mindfulness apps [Full story...]

IGA advice on DVLA visual field tests during pandemic

The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) has issued advice to people with the condition who are concerned about the availability of DVLA visual field tests during the current restrictions. [Full story...]

Uber to be prosecuted for refusing to take guide dogs

Cardiff-based social entrepreneur Dan Williams, with support from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is bringing a case against the multinational ride-hailing company Uber as a result of over 100 refusals to pick him and his guide dog up. [Full story...]

Guide dog training impacted by lockdown

A feature on the BBC website looks at how the current lockdown, with the lack of traffic and closure of venues such as shops and cafes, has made it difficult to train new guide dogs. This may result in vision impaired people having to wait longer for a dog - there are currently 59 people on the waiting list in Wales. [Full story...]

Welsh Government provides assurances to The Macular Society

The Macular Society has asked each of the UK administrations for assurances that sight-saving injections continue to be a priority during the coronavirus crisis. The Welsh and Scottish Governments have now responded. [Full story...]

Optometry Practices open in each Welsh health board during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Eye Care Wales has produced a list of optometry practices which are open for urgent eye care during the corona virus crisis. [Full story...]

Covid-19 and Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Judith Potts, founder of the support group for Charles Bonnet Syndrome, has warned that, for some people with the condition, the added stress of the current corona virus situation and the extra isolation have caused an upsurge in the number and frequency of hallucinations with which they live. [Full story...]

Macular Society says urgent eye treatments must continue

The Macular Society is concerned that urgent, sight saving injections may be delayed as a result of the corona virus pandemic and has written to health ministers and NHS chiefs in all parts of the UK to ensure that they continue to be a priority during the crisis. [Full story...]

Alström Patient Registry goes live

Alström Syndrome UK (ASUK) has announced that the Patient Registry is now live, and is asking people affected by the condition to provide information. This will be used to build a worldwide picture of Alström Syndrome, improving global knowledge and understanding and leading to an increase in interest from researchers. It is an opportunity to make a real difference to everyone living with Alström now and in the future. [Full story...]

Corona virus - Macular Society advice on eye clinic appointments

The Macular Society has issued advice to people who are concerned about attending appointments at the eye clinic while the corona virus is spreading. [Full story...]

Pilot project to provide eye care closer to home in Wales

A pilot project funded by the Welsh Government will enable patients with certain eye conditions to be treated at one of five high street optometry practices. The pilot will last for 12 months, and is being launched by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. [Full story...]

EU Settlement Scheme - Support for people with disabilities

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. In Wales, the organisation MIND is providing support to disabled people (and those with other special needs) who wish to make an application under the scheme. [Full story...]

Welsh Government funding to support disabled people after Brexit

The Welsh Government is providing funding to Disability Wales for a project which will support disabled people during the transition period following UK's departure from the European Union on 31st January. [Full story...]

UK Government announces package of measures to tackle disability discrimination

The Prime minister has announced a range of new measures aimed at ensuring that disabled people can participate fully in society. [Full story...]

Giant cell arteritis - know the signs

A report on BBC2's programme 'Trust me, I'm a doctor' raised awareness of the condition giant cell arteritis (GCA) which can develop very quickly, and lead to sight loss. [Full story...]