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10 Principles of Good Practice in Vision Rehabilitation Library Item

The leaflet defines 10 principles which will show vi people what they are entitled to from their local vision rehabilitation service and should give them the confidence to ask for vision rehabilitation when it is needed.
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A View to the Future: A Guide for Parents/Carers and Teachers Library Item

Describes the services offered to VI children by GVIS in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
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Bus Driver leaflet - myth buster! Library Item

Leaflet produced by ViW and Bridgevis to give bus drivers an awareness of the issues faced by visually impaired people when trying to use bus services.
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Cataract Library Item

Information leaflet about cataracts and their treatment.
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Disabled Children's Service - Information Directory Library Item

A leaflet summarising the services available to disabled children and their parents/carers in Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.
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Driving & glaucoma Library Item

The leaflet includes information on when to report glaucoma to the DVLA, the tests that the DVLA will ask the applicant to take, what to expect from the tests and from the testing optometrist (optician). Additional information includes clarification on the testing conditions for the visual field test and the fact that up to three visual fields can be taken, with the DVLA accepting the best result.
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Enjoy Life! Guidance on helping older people with sight & hearing problems Library Item

Leaflet giving hints and tips for people whose older friends or relatives are experiencing sight & hearing problems.
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Eye examinations for people with dementia Library Item

This factsheet provides information on eye examinations for people with dementia. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.
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Eyelid Problems Library Item

Leaflet giving information about Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids.
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Floaters and flashers Library Item

Description of the conditions, their effects and treatment options.
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How to use eye drops Library Item

Easy-read factsheet on how to apply eye drops.
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Macular degeneration Library Item

Information about the symptoms and treatment of macular problems.
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Make the most of your sight: Improve the lighting in your home Library Item

The booklet seeks to demonstrate good lighting practice by giving ideas, hints and tips on how to light your home more effectively with the different types of household and task lighting that are available and seeks to demonstrate their relative benefits. It gives ideas, hints and tips on how to light your home more effectively with different types of general and task lighting. It gives information in straightforward terms and will be of interest to older people and their families as well as people with sight loss. Housing and social care professionals, including occupational therapists and rehabilitation workers, may also find it useful when dealing with their clients.
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Making an entrance: Colour, contrast and design of entrances to homes of people with sight loss Library Item

A checklist which has been prepared using views and experiences of visually impaired people, housing professionals, local authority officials, access consultants, architects and manufacturers. It pinpoints key areas which cause problems for visually impaired people when entering their homes and offers hints and tips on how to address these issues.
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Making Independent Travellers - Mobility Service Library Item

Leaflet describing how the GVIS mobility service can help vi children in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
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Network Wales Library Item

Network Wales is the fortnightly magazine created by WCVA for its members, jammed full of the latest information for the third sector.
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Personal Independence Payment & other benefits at 16 Library Item

Describes benefits which a young person may be able to claim at age 16, including the new PIP. It also outlines how benefits claimed by the young person can impact benefits being claimed by the family, so that families can be fully aware of the consequences of any claims.
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Services for people with a sensory loss Library Item

Leaflet describing the services provided by the Rhondda Cynon Taff Sensory Services team to adults and children in the county.
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Sight tests at home Library Item

If you are unable to visit a high street optician by yourself because you have a physical or mental disability, then this leaflet sets out how to arrange for a sight test in your own home.
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Top Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Accessing care - meeting patients' needs Library Item

A series of tips based on the experiences of RNIB supporters and RNIB guidance.
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Top tips for Healthcare Professionals: Accessing care- the physical environment Library Item

Simple steps which health providers can take to enable visually impaired people to get around as independently as possible.
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Top Tips for Taxi Drivers Library Item

Brief list which tells taxi drivers how to assist their vision impaired passengers (whether or not they are guide dog users).
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Transitions Service in Wales Support for young people aged between 14-25 who are blind or partially sighted Library Item

Describes the support offered by RNIB Cymru to young people who are moving through school to education and work.
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Wearing glasses with dementia Library Item

When you have dementia it is important to make the most of your sight. Wearing any glasses you need, enables you to make the most of your sight. Without glasses some people would have to cope with blurred vision all the time & this may also worsen the symptoms of dementia and increase a sense of isolation and confusion. This factsheet is about the issues people with dementia who need to wear glasses may face. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.
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When your partner becomes visually impaired - helpful insights & coping strategies Library Item

Help and advice for partners of vi people - some is specific to people in the States, but there is also information of more general interest.
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A Guide to visually impaired-friendly sport Library Item

This guide has been created with the specific purpose to assist anyone who is delivering sport and physical activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment. This resource is all about helping sport providers to be VI friendly through their provision of activities, training, resources and support.
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Access to hotels for guide dogs owners & other blind & partially sighted people Library Item

This guide provides information relating to access for guide dog owners to hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc. It sets out the legislative duties that owners and staff have under the Equality Act 2010 which specifically requires entry to these premises for guide dogs. It also provides tips and advice for owners, managers and staff on how to make their premises more accessible, how to communicate and assist guide dog owners, & contact details for more information.
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Adult UK sight loss pathway (part of UK Vision Strategy 2013) Library Item

The Adult UK sight loss pathway offers commissioners and practitioners a unique tool to enable people with sight loss to get the right support at the right time and from the right person. It clarifies the pathway across health and social care and so enables better partnership working and a smooth transition for the person with sight loss. It is a process map describing how the principles of best-practice can be applied to service delivery for adults with sight loss. Word version is at www.vision2020uk.org.uk/UKVisionstrategy.
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All-Wales standards for accessible communication and information for people with sensory loss Library Item

Under the Equality Act 2010 there is a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality of access to healthcare services for disabled people. Public bodies need to take positive action so that all access and communication needs are met. The document sets out the standards of service delivery that people with sensory loss should expect when they access healthcare. These standards apply to adults, young people and children.
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Charge Information Pack for Practitioners Library Item

A new comprehensive information pack which offers 28 in-depth factsheets about the many aspects of living with CHARGE syndrome.
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Choosing central heating controls and saving energy Library Item

Guide for people with sight loss.
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Commissioning better eye care - Adults with low vision Library Item

Clinical commissioning guidance from The College of Optometrists & The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which aims to to help those designing and commissioning eye care improve the value of their services for adults with low vision.
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Commissioning better eye care - Age related macular degeneration Library Item

Clinical commissioning guidance from The College of Optometrists & The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which aims to to help those designing and commissioning eye care improve the value of their services for people with age-related macular degeneration.
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Commissioning better eye care - Glaucoma Library Item

Clinical commissioning guidance from The College of Optometrists & The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which aims to to help those designing and commissioning eye care improve the value of their services for people with glaucoma.
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Commissioning better eye care - urgent eye care Library Item

Clinical commissioning guidance from The College of Optometrists & The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, which aims to to help those designing and commissioning eye care improve the value of their services for people with an urgent eye condition. This is defined as any eye condition that is of recent onset and is distressing or is believed by the patient, carer or referring health professional to present an imminent threat to vision or general health.
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Dementia and sensory loss: Sight loss Library Item

Advice for social care professionals on how to recognise sight loss in people with dementia.
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Employing disabled people and people with health conditions Library Item

Guidance to help employers to recruit and employ disabled people.
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Getting Connected: Engaging people with sight loss in accessible technology. Good practice guidance for community projects and services Library Item

This good practice guide contains information for any project, community resource or service looking to support people with sight loss to become digitally engaged and highlights some of the best practice, information, resources and support available.
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Guidelines for the design of accessible information and communication technology systems Library Item

These Guidelines are written for designers of information and communication technology (ICT) and provide advice and recommendations on accessibility issues for all types of disabilities.
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Holidays, play and leisure - information for families Library Item

Information on all aspects of holidays, play and leisure for disabled children, including details of useful contacts.
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Information about vision impairment: Guide for parents Library Item

Detailed guide for parents on how to bring up a vision impaired child, from early years through schooling.
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National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People - Supplementary Guidance - Visual Impairment Library Item

This supplementary guidance to the National Minimum Standards for Older People provides additional advice to inspectors when interpreting the relevant standards for visually impaired people.
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Personal Independence Payment Toolkit for Support Organisations Library Item

A set of on-line resources giving individuals and organisations information about this benefit.
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Sight loss in older people: the essential guide for general practice Library Item

This guide provides professionals working in general practice with a text to help them recognise sight loss and update their knowledge on the links between sight loss and other common health conditions. It also highlights the need and routes for early detection and appropriate referral, and suggest how services provided by general practices can be made more accessible for older people with sight loss.
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The All Wales Standards for communication and information for people with sensory loss Library Item

The purpose of these standards is to ensure that the communication and information needs of people with a sensory loss are met when accessing healthcare services in Wales. They set out the standards of service delivery that people with sensory loss should expect to be met when they access healthcare. These standards apply to adults, young people and children.
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This is your future: a career guide for disabled students, by disabled students Library Item

This guide is full of information about starting your career if you have a disability. It covers looking for work, the recruitment process, being in a job and can tell you about the different types of support available to you at each of these stages. Learning about your rights and the support you are entitled to will help you make the most of every opportunity at the beginning of your career.
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Visually Impaired-Friendly Swimming- Guide for supporting vi adults & children in the pool Library Item

This resource has been created with the specific purpose to assist anyone who is delivering swimming activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment. It is all about helping mainstream leisure providers to be VI friendly through their provision of training, resources and support.
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Arts in Wales and Visual Impairment Conference Report Library Item

Report from the WCB Conference 2002 on Arts. An accompanying survey report is also available.
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Arts in Wales and Visual Impairment Survey Report Library Item

The present survey of arts and visual impairment complements work already done by WCB in the field of sport and leisure. Its purpose is to inform the planning of services and to encourage their improvement and expansion by identifying the ways in which visually impaired people currently make use of the arts, and the ways in which arts providers include visually impaired people.
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Best Value: Services to People with a Visual Impairment Library Item

Bridgend County Borough Council's participation in the Wales Evaluation Study on best value, via its pilot project on Service to People with Visual Impairment, affords the Council the opportunity to help develop the concept of Best Value and adopt a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of all services to people with a visual impairment. This approach is intended to lead to improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and economy for the user as well as ensuring equal and equitable access to services. Report conducted by BCBC with Wales Council for the Blind.
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Better data, better care - Opthalmic public health data report 2013 Library Item

This report highlights how better data collection can improve communication between optometry practices, GPs, hospitals and local health authorities, leading to more efficient and joined up eye care services. It argues that use of technology will enable more accurate information to be gathered than is possible using existing, paper-based systems.
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Britain's Eye Health in Focus: A snapshot of consumer attitudes and behaviour towards eye health Library Item

Report based on a survey carried out by YouGov in 2012. It looks at the public's attitudes to issues such as sight tests, and knowledge of issues such as the causes of common eye health conditions.
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Cap in Hand? The impact of Welfare Reform on disabled people in Wales Library Item

The report considers how the various changes to welfare benefits introduced by the coalition government will impact disabled people in Wales.
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Establishing the optimal point for engagement on the sight loss journey Library Item

In 2013, AFBP conducted research into the experiences of blind and partially sighted people before, during and after their sight loss diagnosis. Action’s staff had received anecdotal evidence that some people newly diagnosed with sight loss were not receiving sufficient information and support at, and directly after, the point of diagnosis. This report provides an overview of our findings, and a crucial insight into the support requirements of people at various stages of the sight loss journey.
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Eye Care Statistics for Wales 2012 - 13 Library Item

The report provides a summary of currently provided eye care services in the context of poor eye health being a common and growing problem in Wales and presents data which is available from a routine administrative source. These statistics will help monitor delivery of current services and shape future plans for improving services nationally and locally. More specifically they will provide much of the evidence from which a new Eye Health Care Plan for Wales is being developed and will be monitored and evaluated.
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Framework for action on independent living Library Item

The aims of the Framework for Action are:- to set out a positive vision for disabled people in Wales in the challenging context of recession and the UK Government’s programme of welfare reform, combined with public expenditure cuts; to challenge stereotypes and negative attitudes; to bring together for the first time a strategic approach to disability in Wales bringing together issues that have previously been dealt with separately; - to set out what the Welsh Government is doing across portfolios to promote an inclusive and enabling society; and to highlight the key roles of local delivery partners and stakeholders.
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Growing Up & Moving On Library Item

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some young visually impaired (VI) people may have a good level of education but lack independence and life skills needed to move onto the next phase of their lives. Reports from some individuals reflect that there is a lack of information about services and entitlements, lack of skills training and lack of support. This report presents a picture of how VI specialist services are addressing the mobility, independent living and social skills needs of children and young people. It maps habilitation, specialist social work and LEA support across Wales.
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How Accessible is Access to Work in Wales? Library Item

The report makes a number of recommendations which the Department for Work and Pensions needs to address and report on to ensure that Access to Work is accessible for those who need it.
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In Sight: A review of the visual impairment sector Library Item

The number of people that will experience some form of sight loss is set to double between now and 2050. Many doubt the capacity of the healthcare system to manage this surge in demand. Yet there does not seem to be any sense of crisis or urgency. Why is this? This report aims to do several things: highlight and explain potentially under-researched and underfunded issues in visual impairment; add to the debate surrounding visual impairment and draw out key themes; identify what works to tackle problems; and identify gaps in funding and opportunities for funders.
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Preventing avoidable sight loss : developing an evidence base to build better eye care services Library Item

This guide introduces RNIB’s work to develop evidence-based eye health interventions. It provides an overview of: RNIB’s research into the barriers and enablers that affect access to primary & secondary eye care services; the key recommendations from an evidence review examining the effectiveness of intervention strategies to address inequalities in eye health care; the five key areas you can address to improve access to, and design of, local eye care services; the CEP pilot interventions, which seek to improve eye health for groups at an increased risk of sight loss.
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Providing excellent services for blind and partially sighted people: A guide for local authorities Library Item

This guide is designed to help local authorities to provide high quality services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted adults. To do so, we have used feedback from people with sight loss about their needs to inform what are the key elements of high quality social care. Based on this, the guide shows how provision of effective services for blind and partially sighted adults plays a critical role for local authorities in meeting social care and other public policy objectives.
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Registering visual impairment as a disability Library Item

A group of documents giving guidance on the CVI and Referral letter. Applies to England, although documents state that the Welsh government was consulted in their production.
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Road to Nowhere Library Item

An investigation into the problems faced by bus passengers who are blind or partially sighted and the isolation caused.
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Sensory Loss in the Adult Population in Wales Library Item

This report addresses the needs of people with sensory loss to ensure that they are recognised across the spectrum of public services, and so that when services are reconfigured in Wales, their needs can be met.
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Setting Priorities for Eye Research Final Report Library Item

Report identifying priorities for sight loss research in the UK, based on the results of a survey of patients, relatives, carers and eye health professionals and a prioritisation exercise.
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Sight Loss UK 2012 - the latest evidence Library Item

Sight loss UK is an annual evidence review based on 45 key indicators that show us what life is like for people with experience of sight loss, their carers and those at risk of sight loss. This data summary provides professionals working in the sight loss sector with the latest evidence related to the lives of people with sight loss and clear information about the factors affecting people at risk of sight loss. The report includes indicators on the following topics: people living with sight loss and those at risk of sight loss; cost of sight loss; preventing avoidable sight loss; supporting independent living; creating an inclusive society; global sight loss.
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Summary of Certificate of Vision Impairment Survey December 2012 Library Item

Summarises the results of a questionnaire sent to consultant opthalmologists about the CVI system.
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The Certification and Registration Processes: Stages, barriers and delays Library Item

Describes the process of getting a Certificate of Visual Impairment (VI), and related issues. Based on research in England, but findings are applicable tot he rest of the UK.
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The State of the Nation - Eye health 2016 Library Item

This report contains facts and figures on the UK's health, and gives the data and insight that commissioners, policy makers, service providers and professionals working in the health, care and voluntary sectors need in order to make a difference.
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Together for Health: Eye Health Care Delivery Plan for Wales 2013-2018 Library Item

The Eye Health Care Delivery Plan sets out a range of key actions to improve the eye health of all children and adults in Wales, with specific, targeted support for those most vulnerable to eye health issues and sight loss. The Plan focuses on opportunities for Health Boards and Local Government to work with the Third Sector and other partners to plan, co-ordinate and deliver services for people living within their local communities.
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Vision care for stroke survivors Library Item

The research findings identify the types of visual conditions that occur following stroke, the impact this can have on stroke survivors and recommendations for provision of eye care following stroke.
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Wales Eye Clinic Liaison Service Impact Report Library Item

The report sets out the positive difference that the Welsh ECLO service makes, both for individuals and for eye clinic staff. By ensuring people newly diagnosed with sight loss have access to all the information and support they need, ECLOs can help mitigate some of the negative impact associated with sight loss such as poor mental health, increased risk of falls and loss of independence.
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Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan 2014-2018 Library Item

The new Wales Vision Strategy Implementation Plan focuses on three outcome areas which include: everyone in Wales looks after their eyes and sight: everyone with an eye condition receives timely treatment and early and appropriate services and support are available should sight loss occur; and help facilitate a society in which people with sight loss can fully participate.
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As life goes on - a closer look at how support services respond to the changing needs of people with sight loss Library Item

Previous Pocklington-funded research has shown that the support needs of people with sight loss increase over time but that the support available is failing to keep pace. A more detailed follow-up study confirms that the changing needs of people with sight loss are still not being met.
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Sight loss following stroke: impact and rehabilitation Library Item

A study following the experiences of a small group of people who have experienced hemianopia following stroke - the loss of half of the visual field in the same side of each eye.
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Telebefriending and telephone support services for people with sight loss Library Item

This publication summarises the lessons learned from some services that offer telebefriending to people with sight loss; looks at the attitudes of service users, volunteers and staff towards telebefriending; describes the challenges and opportunities facing this kind of service; highlights issues relevant to commissioners and providers of services; suggests future research questions.
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CHARGE Family Support Group Newsletter Library Item

The newsletter of the CHARGE Family Support Group gives information to families and carers of individuals with CHARGE Syndrome.
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Roundup Library Item

Roundup is a quarterly newsletter produced by Wales Council of the Blind. It is distributed to over 1200 individuals and professionals working in the field of vision impairment.
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Gardening for people with sight loss (various publications) Library Item

Thrive (the charity which encourages disabled people to enjoy gardening) have various publications about gardening for people with sight loss which can be purchased via their website. Topics covered include growing food and growing in containers.
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Words to Wales Library Item

Collection of writing by disabled people in Wales about their lives.
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