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Diary Marker - Wales Eyecare Conference

The annual Wales Eyecare Conference is back! It will be held on Monday 7th November. [Full story...]

Latest edition of Roundup looks at help with the cost of living

The latest edition of Roundup, Wales Council of the Blind's quarterly magazine, is now available. With the impact of the cost of living crisis on disabled people being a major concern, this edition looks at the support and advice that is available to help you. [Full story...]

Latest RESET booklet is about reactions to the pandemic

The latest booklet in WCB's RESET project is 'Conversations that Count', a look at what people from the sight loss community had to say about their experiences of the pandemic. [Full story...]

WCB report raises concerns at shortage of ROVIs

A new report from Wales Council of the Blind raises concerns about the shortage of Rehabilitation Officers for Vision Impairment (ROVIs) working with adults in Wales. [Full story...]

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...]

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 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...]

Advice to people with sight loss regarding safe guiding, social distancing and dealing with surfaces

We have updated our coronavirus information to include a new section giving advice to people with sight loss on safe guiding, social distancing and touching surfaces. [Full story...]

Making meetings accessible.

Wales Council for Deaf People and Wales Council of the Blind join forces to produce good practice guidance for accessible meetings. [Full story...]

Shielding in Wales

Wales Council of the Blind is one of over 30 health, care and wellbeing organisations who have written a joint letter to the First Minister of Wales, expressing concern at the clarity of information provided to people in Wales who are shielding, or being asked to take particular care when social distancing. This follows the publication of updated shielding information on 1st June. [Full story...]

Welsh Government Consultations

We have produced a list of current Welsh Government consultations of potential interest to the disability sector. [Full story...]

Opportunity to get involved in research into the quality of life of vi children and young people

The Vision and Eyes research team at University College London is looking at how individual children and young people adapt to living with visual impairment and how they describe their quality of life. They are inviting children and young people with visual impairment and their families to take part in the study. [Full story...]

State of Caring Survey 2022

Carers UK's annual survey, State of Caring, is now open, and unpaid carers in Wales are encouraged to tell the charity what life is like now, and what needs to change. [Full story...]

RNIB Bookshare survey

RNIB Bookshare's UK Education Collection is running a survey for teachers of children with vision impairment (and other print disabilities) and their parents/carers. The results will be used to evaluate the service. [Full story...]

Cost of Living Crisis – Call for urgent action

Research by RNIB suggests that, even before the cost of living crisis, one in five people with sight loss had difficulty in making ends meet, and they fear that as prices soar, many risk being pushed to the brink in months ahead. [Full story...]

Sense petition demands more support for disabled people in the cost of living crisis

Recent research by Sense has revealed the devastating impact of the cost of living crisis on disabled people and their families, with over half of them currently in debt, and one third having to skip meals. Now, the charity has started a petition calling on the UK Government to provide long term, ongoing support for disabled people and their families during the current crisis. [Full story...]

Deafblind UK launch survey on education difficulties

Parents and carers of children with combined sight and hearing loss are being asked to complete a survey on difficulties encountered when accessing education. [Full story...]

Research study on the impact of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (visual hallucinations)

City University of London is conducting a research study in order to understand more about how Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) impacts on people’s day-to-day lives, and other factors that may be linked with the hallucinations. In order to do this, they need to collect information from people with CBS as well as people who do not have CBS. [Full story...]

Patients with macular degeneration wanted to help research

The Macular Society is looking for patients with wet and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to take part in two separate research studies. [Full story...]

Vision impaired people wanted to help research into the effects of the pandemic

Researchers at City, University of London are looking for volunteers aged 18+ with vision impairment and living in the UK to provide input to a study into the effects of the pandemic on them and their support services. [Full story...]

Dangers posed by electric cars highlighted in BBC Wales report

A report by BBC Wales news has shown the dangers that electric cars pose to people with sight loss, who are unable to hear them approaching. Although newer cars have a mandatory noise-emitting device, some drivers are switching it off. [Full story...]

More advice on cost of living support for people in Wales

Care and Repair Cymru and Julie Morgan MS (who is also Deputy Minister for Social Services) have put together updated advice on help with the cost of living available to people in Wales. [Full story...]

The Macular Society's August newsletters are now available

The Macular Society's latest newsletters for North and South Wales are now available. They contain details of face-to-face and telephone group meetings for Wales. [Full story...]

Report on accessing eye care services in Cardiff and Vale published

The South Glamorgan Community Health Council has published its report 'Accessing NHS Eye Care Service in Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan'. [Full story...]

LOOK Summer Holiday Activity Planner

As the school summer holidays start, the team at LOOK have produced a useful Activity Planner to help parents keep their children and young people engaged and happy during the holiday period. [Full story...]

'Mind the Gap' report calls for Welsh Government action on health inequalities

RNIB Cymru, Leonard Cheshire Cymru and Disability Wales are among fifty organisations that have come together to launch 'Mind the Gap', a report on the cost-of-living crisis and the rise in inequalities in Wales. [Full story...]

Help with the cost of living for older people - advice from Age Cymru

Age Cymru has produced a useful list of benefits, one-off payments and other schemes to help older people in Wales cope with the increase in the cost of living. [Full story...]

RNIB 'Cost of Living' factsheet

As the cost of living crisis continues, a factsheet from RNIB has advice for people with sight loss on how to maximise your income by making use of tax concessions, claiming benefits and accessing grants. [Full story...]

Royal College of Ophthalmology Review of Eye Care Services in Wales

The Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCOpth) has published a report: 'External Review of Eye Care Services in Wales'. The purpose of the review was to highlight areas of best practice and to provide an analysis of where there are inefficiencies in the system. [Full story...]

Autism and eye care guidance

Researchers at the University of Manchester have produced guidance on how eye examinations can be made accessible for adults with autism. [Full story...]

New guide from British Blind Sport - Physical Activity and Vision Rehabilitation

British Blind Sport (BBS) has produced a new guide for rehabilitation workers supporting blind and partially sighted adults through physical activity. [Full story...]

Partially Sighted Society - Product Catalogue

The Partially Sighted Society (PSS) provides a range of products for people with sight loss, and their Spring/Summer catalogue is available. [Full story...]

Sense report reveals the scale of complex disabilities in the UK

A new report from Sense has provided detailed data on the number of children and adults with complex disabilities across the regions of the UK. [Full story...]

Carers Wales' Factsheets updated for 2022/23

Carers Wales provide a wide range of factsheets, covering topics such as your rights as a carer, the benefits that you might be entitled to and getting an assessment. These guides have recently been updated for the 2022/23 financial year. [Full story...]

Posters and booklets on Charles Bonnet Syndrome available

Esme's Umbrella, the organisation that raises awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), has new booklets and posters available. If you would like some for your eye clinic, hospital ward, care home or optometry practice please email me on [Full story...]

Nystagmus Network Annual Report 2021

Nystagmus Network has published its Trustees Annual report for 2021. The document gives a summary of the charity's work over the year, including its response to the continuing Covid 19 pandemic. [Full story...]

Sight loss charities make public commitment to increasing the number of vision impaired people employed within the sector

Eight sight loss charities, including Guide Dogs, Retina UK, The Macular Society and RNIB, have issued a joint statement, committing them to increasing the employment of blind and partially sighted people within their sector. [Full story...]

Welsh Government publishes programme for reducing NHS waiting lists

The Welsh Government has published 'Our programme for transforming and modernising planned care and reducing waiting lists in Wales'. It includes four key commitments to people in Wales to help them access the health advice and services they need. [Full story...]

Disability Wales report on implementation of disability rights in Wales published

The 'Civil Society Shadow Welsh Report on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (UNCRDP) in Wales' has been published. Conducted by Disability Wales, the report was written to inform the United Nations Committee on Disability Rights’ review into the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People in the UK. [Full story...]

Latest RNIB New Product Guide available

The April edition of RNIB's New Product Guide is now available. The 16-page document has details of lots of accessible everyday products such as a tactile tape measure, children's games, DAISY made-to-order books and a portable folding light. [Full story...]

New guide: Nystagmus and Benefits

Nystagmus Network has produced a new, free guide to the benefits available to people with the condition. [Full story...]

Senedd Health and Social Care Committee publishes report on the impact of waiting times

A new report from the Health and Social Care Committee of the Senedd/Welsh Parliament raises concerns about the impact of the waiting time backlog on patients - including delays in eye care appointments. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs produce manifesto for 2022 local elections

The Guide Dogs charity has produced a manifesto for the local elections, which are being held in May 2022. [Full story...]

New Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment launched

A new, UK-wide Curriculum Framework for Vision Impaired Children and Young People (CFVI) has been launched. The framework has been produced in collaboration with education professions and sight loss organisations from across the UK, including RNIB, the Pocklington Trust and the Welsh Association of Vision Impairment Educators (WAVIE), and it defines the specialist skills development and best practice support to promote equity, inclusion and personal agency of children and young people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Dolphin produces free guide to assistive technology for teachers

Dolphin has produced a free guide to assistive technology for anyone involved in the education of children and young people with vision impairment, including teachers, teaching assistants and parents. [Full story...]

Report into Disabled Student's Allowance published

Lord Chris Holmes, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology, has published the results of his investigation in to problems with the Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA). [Full story...]

Guide Dogs produce guidance on the location of EV charging points

The location of charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) can be problematic for guide dog users and other people with sight loss. The Guide Dogs charity has produced a short position statement which includes recommendations for locations of EV charging infrastructure that are more appropriate for people with vision impairments. [Full story...]

New Glaucoma UK booklet - 'Putting in your eye drops (easy read)'

Issues with using eye drops are one of the major causes of concern for people with glaucoma. To mark World Glaucoma Week (6th - 12th March), Glaucoma UK has launched a free guide to putting in your eye drops, which features step-by-step diagrams and clear text instructions. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs discuss Charles Bonnet Syndrome on Radio 2

Nathan Foy from Guide Dogs discusses Charles Bonnet Syndrome on Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show. [Full story...]

UK's Chief Medical Officers publish first ever guidelines on physical activity for disabled children and young people

The UK's Chief Medical Officers have agreed new guidelines on physical activity for children and young people. They are part of wider work to tackle health disparities across the UK, and advise 20 minutes of exercise per day and strength and balance activity three times a week. [Full story...]

ONS reports on 'Outcomes for Disabled People in the UK 2021'

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has produced their third annual release exploring how aspects of life for disabled people in the UK compared with those of non-disabled people in 2021. It looks at areas of life including education, employment, social participation, housing, well-being, loneliness and crime. [Full story...]

Contact's 'Money Matters' guide for parents of disabled children

Increases in the cost of living are in the news, and raising a disabled child can be up to three times more expensive. Contact's 'Money Matters' guide has lots of useful information for parents with a disabled child in England and Wales. [Full story...]

Optometry Wales Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Optometry Wales has produced a Strategic Plan which will govern the organiation's work over the next four years. [Full story...]

Sense report on 'Understanding the physical activity needs of families who have children with complex disabilities'

Sense, the charity for people with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, believe everyone, no matter how complex their disabilities, deserves the right to enjoy a physically active life. Now, their new report looks at the the physical activity needs of families who have children with complex disabilities and the barriers that they face. [Full story...]

'No one left out of life' - Sense publishes strategy for 2021-2026

Sense, the charity that supports people living with complex disabilities, and those who are deafblind, has published its five-year strategy. [Full story...]

Free information resources from Glaucoma UK

Glaucoma UK has produced a wide range of information materials which can be ordered for free from their website (including postage). [Full story...]

New publication for professionals: Children with Vision Impairment: Assessment, Development, and Management

'Children with Vision Impairment: Assessment, Development, and Management' is a new publication written by health professionals from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. [Full story...]

eBooks from Henshaws explain terms used in the vision impairment sector

Henshaws has produced two ebooks which explain terms used in the field of vision impairment. [Full story...]

Disability Wales publishes 'A Year in Review'

The Chief Executive of Disability Wales has published a review of the charity's work in 2020/21. [Full story...]

'Bring us our creative rights' - Disabled people's cultural and international manifesto launched

Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) launched its manifesto demanding cultural and international rights for disabled people on the International Day of Disability 2021, in line with recommendations from United Nations Convention for the Rights of Disabled People. [Full story...]

Results of 'Counting the Cost' survey reveal financial impact of the pandemic

'Counting the Cost' is the annual survey carried out by Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. The results of the 2021 survey have been published, and they show the devastating financial effect of the pandemic on these families across the UK. [Full story...]

Diabetes UK Cymru report raises concerns about diabetic eye screening

A report by Diabetes UK Cymru has raised serious concerns about diabetes care in Wales as a result of the pandemic - including the Diabetic Eye Screening Service. [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...]

TPT report finds vision impaired students in further education disadvantaged by their disability

A new report from the Thomas Pocklington Trust, which looked at how blind and partially sighted students access information and assistive technology, has revealed that there is a general lack of disability awareness in staff at Further Education (FE) colleges. [Full story...]

Pocklington Trust Lighting Guide updated

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has produced an updated version of its guide ‘Lighting in and around the home: A guide to better lighting for people with visual impairment’. The 52-page guide provides advice on all aspects of lighting within the home and will be of interest to people with sight loss, their families, and professionals working with them. [Full story...]

RNIB updates their Confident Living – Travel guide

RNIB has produced an updated version of its guide to travelling with confidence when you have sight loss. [Full story...]

Delivering Accessible Learning - guide from Pocklington Trust and RNIB

RNIB and the Pocklington Trust have produced a guide for further education providers. 'Delivering Accessible Learning: A guide for Further Education providers supporting blind and partially sighted students' provides information, resources, top tips and handy checklists to help colleges and Further Education providers ensure vision impaired students get the right support. [Full story...]

‘How we can Help’ – guide to RNIB services

RNIB has recently launched 'How we can help', a booklet describing the range of products and services they provide to help you to maintain your independence and live the life you want to lead. [Full story...]

‘The State of the UK’s Eye Health 2021’ report shows devastating impact of the pandemic

The pandemic has prevented many people from accessing eye care services over the past year, and a report commissioned by Specsavers has attempted to quantify the impact of this situation on the UK’s eye health. [Full story...]

Sight Cymru publishes Annual Report 2020/21

Sight Cymru's Annual Report for 2020/21 is now available. It includes information about how the charity has dealt with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. [Full story...]

Transitions information for the new term from LOOK UK and the Pocklington Trust

As the new school year approaches, LOOK UK and the Pocklington Trust have useful information for pupils with a vision impairment and their parents about making the transition to a new school. [Full story...]

Living Paintings Impact Report 2020

Living Paintings, the only charity in the UK who design and create 'Touch to See' books for children and adults, has published its Impact Report 2020. The report looks at the impact of the accessible books on children, and is based on the responses to a survey of parents, carers and teachers. [Full story...]

RNIB publishes Involvement Report 2020–2021

RNIB has just published its second Involvement Report, an in-depth look into the work undertaken by the charity during a particularly challenging period. [Full story...]

UK Government publishes National Disability Strategy

The UK Government has published the National Disability Strategy, which sets out the actions the government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people. [Full story...]

Disability Wales launches information resource for disabled people and disabled people’s organisations

Disability Wales has launched an updated version of 'Know your Rights, Use your Rights, Live your Rights!', a guide for people with disabilities and organisations that support them. [Full story...]

Henshaws publishes free mobility guide

Henshaws has published a free e-book, which gives 20 mobility tips for people with a visual impairment. The book also includes advice for sighted people on how they can support a person with sight loss to find their way around. [Full story...]

Low Vision: the essential guide for ophthalmologists

A new guide from the Royal College of Opthalmologists offers advice to opthalmologists on how they can help patients with low vision. [Full story...]

Royal College of Ophthalmologists issues new Guidance for Commissioning Age-Related Macular Degeneration Services

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) has developed new guidance for commissioners of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) services. It sets out the principles and minimum standards of care for AMD to decrease variations of care across AMD services in England and Wales. [Full story...]

Voting is still not accessible for people with sight loss

Following the elections on 6th May 2021, RNIB conducted a survey into the experiences of vision impaired people. The results have just been published, and show that only one in five blind voters and less than half of partially sighted voters were able to vote independently. [Full story...]

Locked out: liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19

The Welsh Government has issued a very detailed report on the impact of Covid 19 on the lives of disabled people. 'Locked out: liberating disabled people’s lives and rights in Wales beyond COVID-19' is the result of an evidence-based enquiry which was launched following concerns raised at the Welsh Government’s Disability Equality Forum. [Full story...]

Results of Macular Society survey raise concerns about lack of information and support for patients with sight loss due to diabetes

Earlier this year, The Macular Society asked people who were receiving treatment for diabetic macular oedema (DMO) to complete a short survey about their treatment. The conclusion from the survey results is that better connections between diabetic clinics, eye clinics and low vision support are needed, so clinicians can signpost those with diabetes and DMO to information about the condition and support. [Full story...]

Advice for people who are waiting for cataract surgery

RNIB have published advice for patients waiting for cataract operations [Full story...]

Transport for All issues guidance for frontline bus and rail staff

Transport for All, the pan-impairment organisation, that focuses exclusively on transport, has issued two new guidance documents for frontline bus and railway staff, setting out quick and simple ways for them to better meet the needs of deaf, disabled and older passengers as they return to transport networks. [Full story...]

Age Cymru Factsheet: Social care assessments for older people with care needs in Wales

Age Cymru has updated its factsheet 'Social care assessments for older people with care needs in Wales'. It provides information about your rights to advice, help and practical support from the adult social care system run by local authorities. [Full story...]

RNIB Everyday Living Catalogue 2021

The 2021 edition of RNIB's Everyday Living Catalogue is now available. [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

'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...]

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...]

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...]

'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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

'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...]

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...]

Audio described commentary at Wrexham and Cardiff City football clubs

The 2022/23 football season is starting, and both Cardiff City FC and Wrexham FC will be providing audio described commentary at their home matches. The service is provided in partnership with Alan March Sport Ltd, and is available to both home and away fans. [Full story...]

WJEC to partner with RNIB Bookshare to make education materials accessible

WJEC (formerly the Welsh Joint Education Committee) is to partner with RNIB's Bookshare Service to make education materials accessible to students in Wales with vision impairments, and other print disabilities. [Full story...]

Hi Vis Week 2022 celebrates accessible reading in libraries

'Hi Vis' is the annual event that encourages libraries to promote the availability of accessible reading formats for people with vision impairment. Hi Vis 2022 runs from 6th to 19th June. [Full story...]

Disruption to rail services on the Core Valley Lines

Transport for Wales are carrying out construction work to upgrade the rail network which will have an impact on the Core Valleys Lines. [Full story...]

Gardening when you have sight loss

For National Gardening Week, here's a reminder that Thrive's 'Carry on Gardening' website has lots of tips and advice on gardening when you have sight loss. [Full story...]

Audio described performances at the Sherman Theatre

The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff aims to make its shows accessible to all. The next audio described performance will be 'One Another' on Tuesday 26th April at 7.30 pm. [Full story...]

UK Health Security Agency launches service for vision impaired people taking Lateral Flow Tests

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), a part of UK Government, has announced a new app and video-call support service with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff that will help partially sighted people to take lateral flow tests at home. [Full story...]

Changes to the Highway Code raise concerns

Changes to the Highway Code were introduced in England, Scotland and Wales on 29th January 2022. Although the aim of the changes is to improve the safety of people walking and cycling, the Guide Dogs organisation has raised concerns that they could be dangerous for vision impaired people. [Full story...]

Taking a covid test when you are vision impaired

Taking a covid test presents particular problems when you have sight loss. In a recent interview for Metro news, journalist and blogger Lucy Edwards, who has no sight, highlights the difficulties, and shows how she uses the 'Be My Eyes' app to carry out the test. [Full story...]

Wrexham AFC makes audio description commentary history

Wrexham AFC became the first football club in Wales and England to provide audio description commentary at an away match when they travelled to Altrincham FC in December. [Full story...]

World Braille Day 2022

World Braille Day (4th January) aims to raise awareness of the importance of Braille to open up the written world to people with vision impairment. To mark the event, which is held on the anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, we have put together some information about this tactile writing system. [Full story...]

Accessible Screenings UK - New resource for disabled cinema-goers

Accessible Screenings UK is a new website allowing you to find out about accessible screenings in UK cinemas. [Full story...]

Wrexham Football Club provides audio match day programmes

Wrexham FC now provide audio match day programmes at each home game. They are available for blind and partially sighted fans, along with fans who support Wrexham AFC from around the world, or have time to listen on a commute. They include an exclusive bonus interview which is not included in the paper copy. [Full story...]

Changes to street layout causing concerns for people with sight loss.

Across the UK, changes to street layouts, and the increasing use of e-scooters are causing real problems for people with sight loss. A new report from RNIB summarises the concerns, and in Cardiff, Wales Online has highlighted the dangers posed by pop-up cycle lanes in the city. [Full story...]

'Blind and Able' videos from the Thomas Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has produced a series of five videos which demonstrate how common workplace tasks can be performed by employees with sight loss, using assistive technology such as JAWS. [Full story...]

How to make your emails more accessible

An article on SCOPE's 'The Big Hack' website has lots of useful advice on how to make your emails more inclusive. [Full story...]

British Wireless for the Blind Fund launch voice-controlled Speech Radio app

Speech Radio, a new app from British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) allows the user to access live radio and control its functionality and operations entirely by voice. [Full story...]

Members of Listening Books can now access magazines and newspapers

Listening Books, the audiobook lending service for anyone with a print disability such as a visual impairment, has announced that its members can now have access to a huge range of magazines and newspapers at no extra cost, following an agreement with PressReader. [Full story...]

Access issues at vaccination centres are frustrating for people with sight loss

Vision impaired people in Wales have been telling BBC News how inaccessible communications, challenging journeys and a lack of awareness of sight loss by staff at vaccination centres have made it difficult to get their coronavirus vaccinations. [Full story...]

Welsh language Enid Blyton books available in accessible formats

RNIB Cymru has teamed up with Welsh language publisher Atebol to provide accessible Welsh-language Enid Blyton classics for schoolchildren with visual impairments. [Full story...]

Access to Work claim process to be more accessible

The Department of Work and Pensions is to make the process for claiming the Access to Work benefit more accessible for vision impaired people, following campaigning by RNIB. [Full story...]

Colourful barcodes to make food shopping more accessible

Shopping for food could become more accessible to people with sight loss when new barcodes are introduced on food packaging. [Full story...]

Public sector web accessibility regulations now include apps

In September 2020, new Web Accessibility Regulations came into force, requiring public sector websites to be accessible to everyone, including vision impaired people. These regulations have now (June 2021) been extended to cover public sector mobile apps. [Full story...]

Patient Information Leaflets for coronavirus vaccines in accessible formats

Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) for coronavirus vaccines, produced by pharmaceutical companies, are now available in accessible formats. [Full story...]

Audio books from Welsh Libraries include accessibility features

If you are a member of local Authority library in Wales, you can use BorrowBox to borrow audio books, and the BorrowBox app has many accessibility features to support users with visual impairments. [Full story...]

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery provides audio description of items from the collection

As part of the 'Hear to See' project, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is producing a series of podcasts for people with sight loss, giving audio descriptions of items in its collection. The project is funded by the Aviva Community Fund. [Full story...]

Passenger Assistance app aims to make rail travel easier for disabled people

A new app has been launched to make it much easier for people with disabilities to arrange assistance when they travel on the National Rail network. [Full story...]

Advice on making Covid-safe theatres accessible as lockdown eases

As theatres start to re-open, VocalEyes wants to ensure that, in addition to being Covid-safe, they are also accessible to people with sight loss. The charity has joined with The Audio Description Association and Mind's Eye to produce some guides for theatre staff on how they can enable blind and partially sighted people to attend touch tours and audio-described performances without exposing themselves, their companions, theatre and production staff to any additional risks. [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Sixth Form Open Day at New College Worcester

New College Worcester (NCW) is holding a Sixth Form Open Day for prospective students and their families on Saturday 17th September. [Full story...]

'Road to Rights' - Disability Wales Annual Conference and AGM

This year's Disability Wales Annual Conference and AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th October, in Cardiff and online. [Full story...]

RNIB telephone course - 'Focus on Money Matters'

RNIB is running a telephone course, 'Focus on Money Matters', that aim to help you shop independently and to manage your money. The free course is part of the 'Living with Sight Loss' series and is open to vision impaired people across the UK. [Full story...]

North Wales Society of the Blind Open Day

North Wales Society for the Blind (NWSB) celebrates its 140th birthday this year, and is marking the event by hosting its largest ever exhibition, showcasing the latest products, tech and services. Join them on Tuesday 27th September at Venue Cymru, Llandudno. [Full story...]

LOOK Parent Support Group - August session

LOOK runs an online Parent Support Group for the families and carers of children and young people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Sight Life Photography Exhibition

An exhibition of photographs taken by blind and partially sighted members of Sight Life's photography group is being held in Cardiff. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs Cymru Family Fun and Information Sessions

Guide Dogs Cymru are holding some events for families with a vision impaired child across Wales this August. They are an opportunity to meet the charity's specialist staff to discuss habilitation, explore independent living skills equipment, enjoy activities, and to meet other families. [Full story...]

Sight Cymru Independent Living Sight Expo

Sight Cymru is organising an Independent Living Sight Expo on Monday 19th September, from 10am – 3pm at Masonic Hall, Guildford Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HL. [Full story...]

Bookings open for Deafblind Convention on 6th October

This year's Deafblind Convention will be an online event on Thursday 6th October, and the theme is 'Embracing Change'. [Full story...]

Vision Support Community Information Unit schedule for August

Vision Support's mobile Community Information Unit, which covers the Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy areas (as well as Cheshire & Halton) will be out and about during August. [Full story...]

British Blind Sport 'Active at Home' programme for August

'Active at Home' is British Blind Sport's 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 August 2022 (starting on Monday 1st) has been published. [Full story...]

Macular Society online condition-specific communities

The Macular Society has groups which are specific to particular types of macular disease: diabetic macular oedema, myopic macular degeneration and Sorsby’s fundus dystrophy. [Full story...]

Welsh Rugby Union - Summer Disability Camps

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is running free Summer Disability Camps for ages 6 to 16 with any range of disability at venues across Wales. [Full story...]

RNIB Shape and Share event – Techniquest & Boat trip, Cardiff

Come and bring your budding scientists along to explore a world of science and technology with RNIB at Techniquest Science Museum in the heart of Cardiff Bay on Saturday 24th September from 10.00-15.30. [Full story...]

RNIB Connect Cymru Telephone Groups

RNIB Connect Cymru's telephone groups continue to meet. [Full story...]

RNIB 'Living Well with Sight Loss' telephone course for people in Wales

RNIB runs 'Living Well with Sight Loss' telephone courses specifically for people in Wales. [Full story...]

Behçet’s UK - Wales Support Group Meetings

Behçet’s UK runs regular online Support Group Meetings for people affected by the condition in Wales (usually on Saturdays). [Full story...]

WCD to run BSL and DeafBlind Awareness Sessions

Wales Council for Deaf People (WCD) will be running a variety of British Sign Language (BSL) & DeafBlind awareness taster sessions this year. [Full story...]

Booking opens for the Macular Disease Annual Conference

The annual Macular Disease Conference and AGM will be held virtually on Saturday 10th September, and bookings can now be made. [Full story...]

Sight Life activities in Cardiff, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot

Sight Life runs a wide range of activities, in person and via the telephone, for people with sight loss in Cardiff, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot. [Full story...]

UCAN summer holiday workshops at Sight Life

UCAN will be running two workshops at Sight Life's office in Cardiff during August. [Full story...]

LOOK's Music Group returns

LOOK's Music Group for young people with an interest in performing or chatting about music is back. [Full story...]

Deafblind UK Video call social groups

Deafblind UK has started to run fortnightly video call social groups, enabling people with sight and hearing loss to socialise from their own homes, using a phone, tablet or computer with internet access. [Full story...]

Macular Society Virtual Clinics - an opportunity to hear from the experts

The Macular Society runs two 'Virtual Clinics' each month, giving people affected by the condition and those working with them the chance to find out more about macular conditions from experts. [Full story...]

UCAN workshops for children and young people

UCAN Productions continues to run a range of workshops for children and young people. [Full story...]

Wales Macular Society Telephone Support Group Calls

As the majority of The Macular Society's Local Support Groups in Wales are resuming face-to-face meetings, the society have set up four weekly 'All Wales' telephone support group calls to help those who are unable to make it to meetings in person. [Full story...]

Vision Support Campaigning Groups

Vision Support runs campaigning groups in North Wales, covering Wrexham, Denbighshire and Conwy. The groups seek to enhance, promote, influence and develop services and working practices to meet the expressed needs of people who are blind and partially sighted across the area. [Full story...]

Community Support Service in Denbighshire

Denbighshire County Council have brought together Vision Support and Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound to create a new Community Support Service. If you or someone you know has a vision impairment, is Deaf or has a hearing loss, and you need support, please come along! [Full story...]

Bridgevis face-to-face coffee mornings are back!

Bridgend and District Visual Impairment Society (Bridgevis) has resumed its face-to-face coffee mornings. Meetings will be held on the first Friday of the month, starting on 4th February. [Full story...]

Nystagmus Network virtual support networks

Nystagmus Network runs virtual monthly support groups for parents of children with nystagmus, and for adults living with acquired or congenital nystagmus. They are an opportunity to meet like-minded people, share experiences, make new friends and support each other. [Full story...]

Vision Support 'in person' social groups

Some of Vision Support's social groups in North Wales are now holding 'in person' meetings. [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...]

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...]

News of research into nystagmus, Stargardt disease and wet AMD

Eye research charity Fight for Sight and The Macular Society have reported on recent developments that offer hope for new treatments. [Full story...]

'Tech for All' - Free devices for all children with sight loss from Guide Dogs

The Guide Dogs Tech for All initiative is the charity's commitment to make sure children with a vision impairment in the UK have access to an Apple iPad to use outside of school. [Full story...]

Developments in accessible technology in 2022

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) is expecting major developments in accessible technology in 2022 - and has reported on how they expect this to impact people with vision impairment, and improve their lives. [Full story...]

New NICE guidelines recommend laser treatment for glaucoma

A new guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that people diagnosed with glaucoma should initially be offered selective laser therapy rather than eye drops. [Full story...]

Moorfields patient with AMD receives bionic eye

An 88 year-old patient with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has been able to detect signals in her blind left eye thanks to a revolutionary new implant. [Full story...]

New study could help to identify AMD before sight loss

Recent research has identified that people with healthy eyes and no history of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) had thinner retinas if they carried genes that put them at risk of the disease. This raises the possibility that earlier treatment could be developed to slow down the onset of the condition. [Full story...]

Research could lead to treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Research being carried out by Newcastle University, and funded by Fight for Sight and Retina UK, has the potential to lead to finding a viable treatment for the most common inherited eye condition in the UK, retinitis pigmentosa (RP). [Full story...]

New visual function tool aims to revolutionise eyecare for people with learning disabilities

SeeAbility, the charity that works to make eye care more accessible for people with learning disabilities, has announced the national launch of the Bradford Visual Function Box (BVFB). The box is a functional vision assessment tool allowing eye care professionals to test the vision of people with complex and multiple disabilities. [Full story...]

News of research into hemianopia, dry AMD and glaucoma

Fight for Sight, The Macular Society and Glaucoma UK have news of recent research developments. [Full story...]

Synthetic corneal implants developed at Cardiff University

Researchers at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences have co-developed fully synthetic corneal implants that will resolve the corneal tissue shortages faced by traditional corneal transplants. [Full story...]

Two new nystagmus research projects announced

Fight for Sight and Nystagmus Network have announced two new projects which will aim to improve the lives of people affected by nystagmus through improved treatments and diagnosis. [Full story...]

Sight of man with retinitis pigmentosa partially restored

The BBC has reported that the vision of a completely blind man has been partially restored using light-sensing proteins first found in algae. The man, who has retinitis pigmentosa, was treated with a type of therapy called optogenetics, which uses the proteins to control cells at the back of his eye. [Full story...]

Global Access Awareness Day

For Global Access Awareness Day (GAAD) on 20th May, both Guide Dogs and RNIB announced new services, and other disability organisations offered their thoughts. [Full story...]

Research raises possibility that sight loss could be reversed

Research carried out on mice by University College London has shown the ability to reverse sight loss, as light-sensing cells have been successfully transplanted into the retina for the first time. [Full story...]

Gene therapy success in treating rare eye condition

BBC News has reported on the success of gene therapy to treat a rare inherited genetic eye condition, leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). [Full story...]

RNIB technology grant scheme

The RNIB Technology Grant Scheme can help with the cost of many hi-tech products, including an iPhone, iPad or Macbook. Eligible customers can receive up to £500 towards products such as braille notetakers or braille displays. [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...]

'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...]

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...]

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 asks supporters to get involved in 'High Street Heroes' week

Guide Dogs is asking its supporters to get involved in High Street Heroes Week (17th-25th September) by visiting local shops and encouraging them to display an ‘assistance dogs welcome’ window sticker, and sign up to receive more resources. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs Cymru Volunteer Taster Day

Guide Dogs Cymru is hosting a Volunteer Taster Day, when staff and volunteers from different teams will be on hand to talk about volunteering opportunities. See some of the amazing dogs in training, find out how to become a My Sighted Guide volunteer and get involved with the fundraising team. Guide Dogs need people like you to be the face of the charity in your local community and help raise money to change lives. [Full story...]

Job Opportunity with RNIB Cymru - Transcription Executive

RNIB Cymru is recruiting for a Transcription Executive. [Full story...]

UCAN Family Forest Days

UCAN's Family Forest Days are returning, as part of BAVO's 'summer of fun'. These are free events out in nature for children aged 7-16 who are sight impaired. [Full story...]

UCAN Productions are now officially an Arts Awards Champion Centre

UCAN Productions now deliver four levels of Arts Award for vision impaired young people aged 5 to 25, for free. They are growing their Arts Award offer across Wales through a combination of face-to-face and online work with individuals and groups. [Full story...]

Nominations open for Sense Awards 2022

Sense Awards celebrate the achievements of people with complex disabilities, and nominations for the 19th awards can now be made. [Full story...]

Leonard Cheshire Disability in Wales - Focus group on taxis

Leonard Cheshire are planning to host focus groups for disabled people to discuss their experiences with taxis and private hire vehicles, and are looking to recruit people from around Cardiff, Conwy and Anglesey. [Full story...]

Casting call for inclusive fashion show - 'Unique Boutique'

Unique Boutique is a new series for Channel 4 made by BBC studios. In this programme, a team of fashion experts will design and create bespoke and beautiful outfits for individuals who - for whatever reason - find that clothes shopping is more difficult than it should be because the mainstream fashion does not cater for their needs. [Full story...]

Great Bristol Run 2022 to include VI Runners 10K Challenge

This year's Great Bristol Run takes place on Sunday 25th September, and in partnership with VI Runners Bristol, the event will include the VI Runners 10K Challenge. [Full story...]

England and Wales Blind Golf survey

England and Wales Blind Golf would like to hear your views on how they can increase participation. [Full story...]

Family Fund iPad Summer School for children with additional needs

The Family Fund is running a series of free workshops for children with additional needs, helping to unlock their digital creativity and learn more about what their iPad can do, during virtual sessions. Family Fund have also teamed up with RNIB to host a number of these sessions specifically for those with a visual impairment. [Full story...]

RNIB Parent Pathways course

Parent Pathways is a new, free, online course from RNIB for parents and carers whose child has recently been diagnosed with vision impairment. [Full story...]

Welsh Athletics Guide Running Workshop

Welsh Athletics is running a Guide Running Workshop on Friday 16th September at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff. The 2-hour workshop is a great opportunity for sighted runners to get information and experience in supporting vision impaired people to run. [Full story...]

British Blind Sport 'Have a Go' day in Swansea rescheduled

British Blind Sport's 'Have a Go' day in Swansea, which was originally scheduled for 2nd July, will now be held on Saturday 27th August from 10am to 3pm at Swansea University. [Full story...]

Sense Telephone Physical Activity Sessions

The Sense Active team offer a range of audio-described physical activity sessions that help you to keep active at home. These are delivered by expert instructors over the telephone. Take a look at the options below and contact us if you are interested! [Full story...]

Job Opportunity with Vision Support

Vision Support is looking for a Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment (ROVI) to join their established team and covering North Wales. [Full story...]

Sighted guiding training from Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs is offering two, free, online courses that will teach you how to guide a person with sight loss with confidence, skill and empathy. [Full story...]

Sense Active Project are running workshops to increase provision of sensory activities across the community

The 'Sense Active Project' in South Wales aims to increase sport and physical activity for individuals with complex disabilities, including multi and single sensory impairments. [Full story...]

Free audio Bible player offer from Torch Trust extended

Earlier this year, Torch Trust, the Christian sight loss charity, offered a free audio Bible player to anyone in the UK who was losing their sight. This offer is now available to anyone in the UK with sight loss. [Full story...]

Help wanted with research into online shopping for clothes

A PhD student at Sheffield University is looking for people with sight loss to help with her research into the problems they face when shopping online for clothes - and is offering a £10 Amazon voucher to participants. [Full story...]

Get the chance to win one of five £50 prizes and help improve the lives of people with vision impairment.

Revealing Reality, has partnered with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) to create a survey for people with vision impairments in the UK. [Full story...]

Free glaucoma training for professionals

Glaucoma UK is offering free online training for Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) and any professionals caring for people with glaucoma. [Full story...]

Sight Loss Friendly Church - Taster sessions

Torch Trust, the charity for Christians with sight loss, recently launched 'Sight Loss Friendly Church': a series of resources to help churches make their services and other activities more accessible to parishioners with sight loss. Now Torch Trust is offering churches the opportunity to attend online Taster Sessions, where they can find out more. [Full story...]

Sense inclusive dance programme for people with complex disabilities

Sense, the charity for people with complex disabilities including deafblindness is launching a programme of disability-led, accessible dance workshops. [Full story...]

Just Run Penybont: VI group

Just Run Penybont, the community social running group based in Bridgend, have started a Walk to Run vision impairment (VI) group. A friendly social group to encourage everyone to become more active. Why not give it a go? It’s on Saturdays 1pm for Beginners. Come along to Bridgend Running Track (Newbridge Fields) [Full story...]

Women in Vision UK invites new members

Women in Vision UK, the organisation that promotes connections between women working in all fields of vision and eye research, has a new website, and is inviting women who work in optometry, ophthalmology and vision sciences to join. [Full story...]

New UCAN projects

UCAN Productions is starting two new projects in April: UCAN Network and UCAN Ensemble. [Full story...]

'My Voice, My Choice' workshops

Leonard Cheshire Cymru's 'My Voice My Choice' programme is designed to develop your campaigning and advocacy skills so you’ll be able to make a difference in your local community. Free workshops are being run throughout Wales for disabled people and their allies – come along and connect with like-minded people and help create a more inclusive community. [Full story...]

Eye 2 Eye is looking for more members in Flintshire

Eye 2 Eye is a small, stand-alone registered charity run completely by volunteers that runs a social club for registered visually impaired people living in Flintshire. Like many other groups they have been affected by covid, but are slowly getting back to normal and would love to welcome new members. [Full story...]

Help wanted for research into accessibility of circuit schematics

An engineering masters student at University College Dublin is asking people with sight loss for help in testing her thesis, which is focussed on developing methods to make circuit schematics accessible for visually impaired students. [Full story...]

Your views on virtual reality at festivals wanted by research student

A student at Cardiff Metropolitan University is looking for people with disabilities to help with her dissertation. She is conducting a research study on how virtual reality could be used at festivals to enhance inclusivity for disabled people. [Full story...]

Deafblind Studies course at Birmingham City University

Deafblind UK has worked with other sensory impairment organisations and Birmingham City University to develop the Certificate in Professional Studies (Deafblind Studies), which will help social workers and other social care professionals better support people who are deafblind. [Full story...]

Opportunity to help research into macular disease

Cardiff University School of Optometry is looking to recruit healthy adults and people with macular disease to participate in their research into macular disease and ageing vision. The research will help in the development of new treatments. [Full story...]

Sense 'Virtual Buddy' service for disabled people

Sense runs a free 'Virtual Buddy' service for disabled people of all ages in the UK. The service will match you with someone of a similar age who has common interests, for a weekly chat (via phone, online etc). Volunteer virtual buddies are also needed. [Full story...]

Opportunity to try boccia in Bridgend

Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING) is working alongside Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) well-being team to be able to offer free sessions for you or your group to have a go at the sport of boccia on Tuesday evenings at Brackla sports hall. [Full story...]

Volunteer wanted to support Retina UK support group in Cardiff

Retina UK is looking for volunteer facilitators and helpers for their local peer support groups across the UK, including Cardiff. Please email for more information. [Full story...]

Job opportunities on JobSense project

Elite Supported Employment is looking for employment advisers to work on the JobSense project, which helps people aged 25 or over with a sensory loss to find employment. [Full story...]

Torch Fellowship Groups in South Wales

Torch Trust, the Christian sight loss charity, runs over sixty Fellowship groups around the UK that meet face to face, by phone or on Zoom. There are some groups in South Wales, including Swansea, Neath, Pontypridd and Llanelli. [Full story...]

Volunteering opportunity with Vision Support

Vision Support is looking for a volunteer to assist in organising and running the Rhyl Visionaires Social Group. [Full story...]

Vision impaired tennis sessions in Wrexham

Vision impaired tennis will be resuming at Wrexham Tennis Centre on Saturday 27th November.

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JobSense employability project extended to West Wales & the Valleys

The JobSense project, which helps people aged 25 or over with a sensory loss to find employment, has been extended to cover West Wales and the Valleys. The scheme will be operated by Elite Supported Employment and funding has been provided by the Welsh European Funding Office. This means that the JobSense project now covers all of Wales. [Full story...]

Disabled people wanting to stand in Welsh local government elections 2022 can now apply for funding

The Welsh 'Access to Elected Office' fund has been set up to help disabled people with the additional costs they face when standing for election. The Welsh Government has announced that applications can now be made to the fund by those wanting to stand in the Local Government elections in 2022. [Full story...]

Cardiff Met are seeking participants for their research project

Cardiff Met Tourism are looking for participants to take part in two studies focussing on travel apps. [Full story...]

Opportunity to help nystagmus research

Following a presentation at the recent Nystagmus Open Day, researchers at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences are asking for volunteers who have the condition to help with their work. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs Cymru's My Time to Play is an online programme of fun and supportive sessions for families of children with sight loss

Guide Dogs Cymru is inviting the families of children with sight loss to sign up for My Time to Play. [Full story...]

Cardiff Blues VI rugby sessions restart on 5th May

The Cardiff Blues Visually Impaired rugby team will resume training sessions on Wednesday 5th May at Cardiff Arms Park, and new members are welcome to join. [Full story...]

VI tennis sessions for adults in Cardiff have resumed

Cardiff Stars Tennis Club organise tennis sessions for adults with a visual impairment, which run indoors at David Lloyd Cardiff from 2 pm to 3 pm on Wednesdays. Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, sessions resumed on 5th May. 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A-Level Results - Advice from Thomas Pocklington Trust

With A-Level results due this week, the Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has timely advice to vision impaired students - whether their results have exceeded expectations, or been lower than expected. [Full story...]

New partnership to link vision impaired job seekers with vacancies

A new partnership between the Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and recruitment consultancy Thomas Page will help to match vision impaired job seekers with live vacancies. [Full story...]

Blind Veterans UK launch eligibility checker

Blind Veterans UK's new 'eligibility checker' makes it easy to find out whether you qualify for free support from the charity. [Full story...]

Sensory walking - guide from Deafblind UK

A sensory walk is a great way to relax, keep fit and get in touch with nature, and Deafblind UK has produced some useful guidance on how to go about it. [Full story...]

Guide Dogs app makes it easier to report access refusals

As part of its 'Open Doors' campaign, which aims to tackle the issue of access refusals, Guide Dogs has launched a new app which makes it quicker and easier to report when you have been refused access to business and services because of your guide dog. [Full story...]

Latest Tom Walker podcast is about 'Flying Blind'

Tom Walker, a radio producer and reporter, presents a series of podcasts related to vision impairment. The latest one is an interview with a vision impaired frequent flier, who talks about the problems he had experienced. [Full story...]

Macular Society Online Training to help people make the most of remaining vision

Funding from the Thomas Pocklington Trust has enabled The Macular Society to launch new online training that will help people with macular disease make the best use of their remaining vision, using the Eccentric Viewing (EV) technique. [Full story...]

Sense website has a new look

Sense, the national disability charity supporting everyone who is deafblind or has complex disabilities, has launched a new website. [Full story...]

BBC's new 'Access All' podcast features dangers of railway platforms

'Access All' is a new series of weekly podcasts from the BBC Ouch team, presented by Nikki Fox. It covers disability news and features, and a recent edition looks at the lack of tactile paving at some railway and underground stations, and the danger this presents for vision impaired people. [Full story...]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week is 9th-15th May 2022 and the theme of this year's event is loneliness. We have some information on sources of support for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Care and Repair ‘70+ Cymru’ project – Tackling fuel poverty

Care and Repair Cymru’s 70+ Cymru project aims to improve the warmth, comfort, and quality of life for older people in Wales at a time of rising fuel prices, by visiting homes and providing advice and support on home energy saving techniques and housing improvements. [Full story...]

Pocklington Trust launches new resource for students

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has launched a new resource which explains the roles of the various professionals who provide support to university students. [Full story...]

NHS 111 Helpline now available across Wales

Urgent medical and health advice is now available across Wales 24/7, following the rollout of the NHS 111 helpline. NHS 111 gives people up-to-date health advice and guidance, and will advise on which NHS service is right for you. [Full story...]

Deafblind UK launches project to support minority communities

Deafblind UK has launched a new project, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to provide tailored support to minority communities. [Full story...]

Blind Parents UK - Peer support organisation

Blind Parents UK is a peer support organisation for blind and visually impaired parents and parents-to-be which started as a small email group over 10 years ago. Over the past few years it has expanded to include a range of services. [Full story...]

Rare Disease Day 2022

Monday 28th February was Rare Disease Day 2022, an event celebrated in over 85 countries worldwide to raise awareness and generate change for people living with a rare condition, and their families and carers. A disease or condition is rare if it affects fewer than one in 2,000 people within the general population - and several eye conditions meet this definition. [Full story...]

Sense launches Sensory Football resources for people with complex disabilities

Sense has released a range of resources for those working for organisations who support people with complex disabilities, showing them how to lead sensory football activities. [Full story...]

Sight Life's Cardiff Resource Centre reopens

Sight Life's Resource Centre and offices at Jones Court, Womanby Street, Cardiff have now re-opened. [Full story...]

Overcoming your fear of eye injections

Eye injections are part of the treatment for some eye conditions, and many people find the prospect quite frightening. A patient with age-related macular degeneration, who has had 100 injections provides reassurance in an article for The Macular Society. [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...]

Sight Cymru Resource Centre - appointment only

Sight Cymru's Resource Centre is running on an appointment only basis to ensure the safety of staff and visitors to keep everyone safe. [Full story...]

Supporting People With a Visual Impairment - new toolkit for leisure and sports facilities

The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has joined forces with UK Coaching to produce a new toolkit with advice to leisure, sports and physical activity environments on how to provide facilities that are more inclusive for people with sight loss. [Full story...]

Getting the services you need in the digital age

With so much information and many critical services increasingly being provided online, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has produced a new information leaflet that highlights your rights to access information and services in a way that suits you. [Full story...]

Macular Society Patient Information event for Wales - recording available

If you missed the recent Macular Society Patient Information event for Wales, a recording is now available. [Full story...]

JobSense scheme in in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly

Following the recent announcement that the JobSense employment scheme for people with sensory loss has been extended to cover West Wales and the Valleys, MTIB have provided information on how they will be operating the scheme for people in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. [Full story...]

PSS iTalk – Audio Advice and Information Service

PSS iTalk is an information and advice service provided via audio by The Partially Sighted Society. There are lots of different ways to access the recordings, including via the web, telephone, British Wireless for the Blind radios, Amazon Alexa and Podcast. [Full story...]

'What do we see?' videos from Thomas Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust has released a new video 'What do we see (2)? which simulates five common sight conditions in vision impaired children & young people in an educational setting. [Full story...]

New resource from VICTA - Student Portal

VICTA, the charity that provides support to children and young adults from 0 to 29 who are blind or partially sighted and their families, has launched a new website for students. [Full story...]

Thomas Pocklington Trust/Deafblind UK 'Uni in Sight‘ campaign

Thomas Pocklington Trust, a national charity which supports blind and partially sighted people with a focus on Education, Employment and Engagement has joined with Deafblind UK to launch a campaign 'Uni in Sight' to provide universities, staff and students with the information to help them get an ‘insight’ in to the experiences of blind, partially sighted and deafblind students. [Full story...]

BAME Vision launched

A new group has been set up to break down the barriers and change perceptions of sight loss in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Communities. [Full story...]

Useful resources for new students

The new academic year starts soon, so here is a reminder of some of the useful resources for new students with a vision impairment. [Full story...]

New support for carers from Deafblind UK

Deafblind UK has launched a new service to support people who are caring for someone who has both sight and hearing loss. The six-week support is similar to counselling, offering the chance to talk openly and honestly about your situation. [Full story...]

Blind in Business podcasts

Blind in Business, the organisation that helps blind and partially sighted people into work, is producing a series of podcasts which are designed to give an insight into different industries and people working within them. They are an opportunity to hear from employers and find out about the opportunities they offer, get top tips when it comes to applications/interviews and find out more about our alumni and their journey into employment. [Full story...]

New resource from Disability Wales: advice on benefits, education, employment and housing

The Disability Wales website now includes a new section giving advice on advice on benefits, education, employment and housing. [Full story...]

RNIB 'Looking for Work' podcasts

If you know someone with sight loss who’s looking for work, RNIB's new pre-employment podcasts are a great place to start. [Full story...]

Vision loss and sleep disruption - useful tips from Circadian Therapeutics

Sleep disruption and daytime sleepiness is commonly reported among individuals with vision impairment. Researchers at Circadian Therapeutics have produced some tips that could help you get a good night's sleep. [Full story...]

RNIB Cymru launches new support during Mental Health Awareness Week

For Mental Health Awareness Week, RNIB Cymru is offering free Wellbeing Check-In sessions for blind and partially sighted people in Wales, and has also launched a new range of Good Mental Health guides. [Full story...]

Retina UK launch new 'Unlock Genetics' website

Retina UK has launched a new 'Unlock Genetics' website at its annual conference. The website explains how genetic testing may help you and your family discover more about your inherited sight loss condition and how to unlock choices. [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Deafblind UK Community Reconnections project to launch in South Wales

Deafblind UK is launching a new project to help people with sight and hearing loss in South Wales connect with local social opportunities. [Full story...]

Silver medal for Wales' VI bowlers at Commonwealth Games

Many congratulations to vision impaired bowlers Julie Thomas and Gordon Llewellyn who took silver in the Para Mixed Pairs in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. [Full story...]

Cost of Living crisis - Disability charities write to Conservative leadership candidates

Over fifty disability charities, including Sense, RNIB and SeeAbility, have written to the two remaining candidates for leadership of the Conservative party, and future Prime Minister, calling them to ensure disabled people are “put at the heart of any plan they make as leader to address the cost of living crisis”. [Full story...]

Welsh Government Fuel Support Scheme extended

The Welsh Government has announced an extension to its Fuel Support Scheme which will provide a £200 payment to over 400,000 eligible households across Wales. Households on disability benefits and other benefits are now eligible. [Full story...]

VI bowler Julie Thomas in Queen's Baton Relay for Commonwealth Games 2022

Following her selection to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham this summer, vision impaired bowler Julie Thomas was chosen to take part in the Queen's Baton Relay, which reached Wales over the first weekend in July. [Full story...]

Delays to NHS eye care in Wales highlighted

Once again, BBC Wales has highlighted the concerns of patients who risk losing their sight because of delays to vital injections. [Full story...]

Put your sight in the spotlight for Glaucoma Awareness Week 2022

27th June to 3rd July is Glaucoma Awareness Week 2022, and this year's event is highlighting the importance of regular sight tests. Glaucoma can be symptomless in the early stages, meaning that significant sight can be lost before diagnosis. [Full story...]

Deafblind Awareness Week - 27th June to 3rd July

People are being encouraged to get 'In the Know' about deafblindness in this year's Awareness Week. Deafblindness is a combined sight and hearing impairment. It doesn’t always mean no sight or hearing, although for some people this is the case. It affects around 400,000 people in the UK and it affects everyone differently. [Full story...]

New mobile theatres set up to treat cataract patients in Cardiff and Vale UHB

A new ophthalmic hub, featuring two theatres at the University Hospital of Wales, has been set up to treat cataract patients, as part of the Welsh Government’s ambitious plan to transform planned care in Wales and cut waiting times over the next four years. [Full story...]

Macular Week 2022

This year's Macular Week is Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June. The Macular Society will be highlighting the impact of the condition, and also the urgent need for more funding for research to find a cure. [Full story...]

Nystagmus Awareness Day – 20th June 2022

Nystagmus Awareness Day is the annual event that aims to spread the word about this condition, so that adults and children who have nystagmus will get the help, support and services they need in education, employment, health, mobility and leisure and will enjoy a better quality of life. [Full story...]

Dementia Action Week 2022

For this year's Dementia Action Week (16th - 22nd May), we are highlighting the importance of good eye health and regular eye testing for people affected by the condition. [Full story...]

Reforms to eye care service in Wales

An article of the website of Life Sciences Hub Wales describes how a series of eye care reform initiatives led by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are helping to reduce waiting times and improve outcomes for patients with urgent eye conditions. [Full story...]

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week 2022

This year's World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week is 8th-14th May. Retinoblastoma (Rb) or childhood eye cancer has one of the best survival rates of all the childhood cancers. In the UK, around 98% of children will survive but early diagnosis is really important. [Full story...]

Bronze award for TPT film 'How do we see?'

Congratulations to The Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), whose film 'What do we See?' has won Bronze in the Charity Film Awards. The film looks through the eyes of people who are visually impaired as they go about their everyday lives, and includes the six most common eye conditions in the UK today: Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Hemianopia, Age-related Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. [Full story...]

New NHS Wales Eye Care Centre opens

A new NHS Wales Eye Care Centre has opened at Cardiff University's School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. It is intended to reduce hospital waiting times for patients with glaucoma and medical retina conditions. [Full story...]

Cardiff VI Rugby Team reach finals of RNIB 'See Differently' Awards

Cardiff VI Rugby Team are one of three finalists in the 'Team of the Year' category in RNIB's See Differently Awards 2022. [Full story...]

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Gareth Bulpin win the Glaucoma UK ‘Excellence in Glaucoma Care Awards’

Congratulations to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Gareth Bulpin who have won the Glaucoma UK ‘Excellence in Glaucoma Care Awards’ for their response to the Covid 19 pandemic. Their work has been described as 'a shining example of the latest innovations and excellence in patient care'. [Full story...]

Coronavirus pandemic - Shielding Patient List to close

The Welsh Government has announced that the shielding patient list will close on 31st March. The list was created in the early days of he pandemic to identify those who were clinically vulnerable. [Full story...]

Welsh Government incentive scheme for disabled apprentices extended

The Welsh Government Employer Incentive Scheme for disabled apprentices, which was designed to encourage employers to get first-hand experience of the benefits of recruiting disabled people, is being extended from 1 April 2022 until the end of March 2023, and increased by £500. [Full story...]

Welsh Government announces changes to cut eye care waiting times

NHS waiting lists have increased significantly due to the pandemic. The Welsh Government has now announced plans to reduce the wait for people with urgent or complex eye cases to be seen in hospital, by carrying out eye care treatments within a primary care setting. [Full story...]

Sight Life appoints first CEO

Sight Life has appointed Rich Harvey as its first CEO. He will oversee the charity's move to independence during 2022. [Full story...]

Extra funding for families of disabled children in Wales

The Family Fund has been awarded an additional £230,000 from the Welsh Government to support low-income families with disabled children in Wales. [Full story...]

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Awareness Day - 16th November

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) Awareness Day was on 16th November 2021, and this year Esme's Umbrella, the support group for anyone affected by the condition, is running a #WiseUp campaign to increase awareness within the healthcare profession of CBS and the distress it causes. [Full story...]

Stargardt’s Connected launch Community Register

Stargardt’s Connected is a community of people affected by Stargardt’s: clinicians, researchers, opticians and pharmaceutical industries. It has just launched a Community Register for people with the condition. [Full story...]

Sight Life wins 'Movement for Good' award

Congratulations to Sight Life (formerly Cardiff Institute for the Blind), which has been awarded £10,000 in insurance company Ecclesiastical’s 'Movement for Good' awards for their project ‘Beautifully Blind make-up tutorials’. [Full story...]

Optometry Wales appoints new chair

Sarah Schumm has been appointed the chair of Optometry Wales, the professional umbrella organisation for the primary care eye health profession in Wales. [Full story...]

Public blind to warning signs of sight-threatening conditions

As part of National Eye Health Week, a survey conducted for Eye Health UK revealed that the public has a low level of awareness of the ‘red flag’ symptoms linked to sight threatening eye conditions. [Full story...]

New National Lottery funding for The Macular Society in Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund in Wales has recently granted the Macular Society £300,000 to allow the charity to continue to support people with macular disease across Wales. [Full story...]

Talking Books Wales has been a 'lifeline' during the pandemic

Talking Books Wales was started almost 45 years ago by Rhian Evans, who founded the service after losing her sight at 32. The service is still going strong, and has been a lifeline to many readers during the pandemic. [Full story...]

Falls Awareness Week 2021

12th July is the start of Falls Awareness Week 2021 in Wales, when Age Cymru, Care & Repair Cymru and Age Connects Wales remind people that falls are not an inevitable part of ageing, and give advice on how they can be avoided. [Full story...]

Impact of covid delays on eye care patients in Wales highlighted

BBC Wales is continuing to report on the huge problem of delays to eye care in Wales as a result of the pandemic. [Full story...]

New glaucoma service being trialled in Merthyr

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has launched a pilot service for monitoring glaucoma patients at Specsavers in Merthyr Tydfil. The aim of the service is to make monitoring of lower risk patients as easy and convenient as possible. [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]