RNIB Newsletter

The latest RNIB newsletter is available to be read in full here

It covers a wide range of subjects – here are the main stories, with more information on all of them available via the full newsletter, linked above. :

RNIB and Netflix bring AD to movie premiere
Netflix and RNIB worked together to organise a special screening with audio description (AD) at the UK premiere of The Gray Man in London at the BFI Southbank. As most users of AD will know, there’s never been AD at a premiere or a red-carpet screening of this size in the UK. It’s something we have been mentioning to film studios and we’re glad that the message resonated with Netflix.

AD was broadcast on an open channel which meant everyone in the AD screening could hear the description. The idea was to give sighted viewers an experience of AD and give AD users an opportunity to enjoy the description and surround sound without the headsets.
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All that Jazz
Jazz singer Katriona Taylor will be hosting a new weekly jazz show on RNIB Connect Radio for six weeks starting on Tuesday 2 August at 8pm. Katriona will be sharing songs from her favourite jazz singers and also dazzling you with the music you didn’t know you loved.

Let us entertain you
Visit our online shop for products to make TV and audio accessible, including easy-to-use radios and universal remote controls. If your prefer audiobooks are more your jam we also have a range of USB and DAISY players.
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It’s in the game
RNIB has compiled research from over 500 gamers and the games industry to produce our Accessible Gaming Report. It sheds light on the challenges faced by gamers with sight loss and makes recommendations to ensure access features like screen reading and colour contrasts modes are universally available.

RNIB NI campaigns for accessible information
RNIB Northern Ireland sent 90 newly elected MLAs congratulations cards in braille to highlight the need for legislation to make information accessible, one of the seven asks in its 2022 manifesto.

Cost of living 
Blind and partially sighted people already face additional costs in a society that isn’t designed for them and the cost of living crisis has added further pressure. We’ve compiled a report to raise awareness of the issue and also produced factsheets with information to help people with sight loss access support.

Our latest campaigns
We’re always campaigning to help remove barriers for blind and partially sighted people. Find out more about our latest campaigns and how you can get involved.

Cost of living
One in five blind and partially sighted people said they had difficulty in making ends meet and the cost of living crisis has made this situation worse. We’re campaigning for the Government to offer more support.

Audio description
We want broadcasters to make their programmes accessible and the Government to make audio description a legal requirement on video-on-demand services for a more inclusive experience for everyone.

Inclusive journeys
We’re campaigning to make journeys safer, accessible and more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people including the installation of tactile paving at railway stations which can save lives.

Help improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people
We’re conducting research to better understand the experiences of people living with a sight loss in the UK today, and how those experiences affect their day-to-day lives. We want to understand what’s most important to people – what’s difficult, easy, what’s missing from everyday life and what brings people joy.

If you need someone who understands sight loss, call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999, say “Alexa, call RNIB Helpline” to an Alexa-enabled device, or email helpline@rnib.org.uk. Our opening hours are weekdays from 8am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. We also have useful information available online including sight loss advice, reading services, expert advice on using accessible technology, and products to help you live the life you want to lead in our Online Shop.

The latest RNIB newsletter is available to be read in full here