Visual Impairment – News & Advice

Visual Impairment Support & Information

  • Blind Parents UK are a peer support organisation for blind and visually impaired parents and parents-to-be.
  • Halifax Society For The Blind offers a range of sight loss support. Tel: 01422 352383 – Email: info@blindsociety.org.uk
  • The Macular Society support and information for those living with Macular disease
  • The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) UK charity offering information, support and advice to almost two million people in the UK with sight loss. Their reading service offers a huge range of publications in various formats – Sign up today, or simply log-in if you already have an account with them.
  • Calderdale Council – if you are an adult with significant sight loss, you can self-refer to the Council’s  hearing or visual impairment teams by contacting Gateway to Care on 01422 393000, TEXT PHONE for the deaf – 0777454642, or emailing them to ask for a referral on gatewaytocare@calderdale.gov.uk Following this, the appropriate person will contact you to arrange to speak with and visit you and assess your needs on a case by case basis. For a child referral, contact: MAST Admin, T: 01422 393336

Visual Impairment News

  • Deaf Blind Newsletter
    The Deaf Blind association has an excellent email newsletter – the latest edition is now out. You can read it here…
  • Macular Society – Latest Newsletter
    The Macular Society produce an excellent monthly newsletter. Here’s a taste of what’s in this month’s edition, which you can read here. Welcome to your November e-newsletter. You’ve told us how important raising awareness of macular disease is to you, and we’re delighted to tell …
  • Our Christmas Party – 20th December
    Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to invite you along to our annual CHRISTMAS PARTY. It’s totally free to attend and includes a big Christmas buffet. Once again, we will be back at the popular Old Rishworthians Rugby Club, Copley Lane, Copley, Halifax, HX3 0UG, which is accessible …
  • RNIB Newsletter
    RNIB works with geo and Energy UK to help make smart meters more accessible We’ve worked with geo and Energy UK to develop the accessible in-home display (AIHD) to make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to manage their energy usage. An AIHD works together with a smart meter and …
  • Introducing RNIB reading services
    Reading is important. If you’re struggling to read because of your sight RNIB Reading Services offers plenty of solutions to help, whatever your reading tastes and preferences. Browse their growing collection of 30,000 books to borrow, download and listen to on your smartphone, tablet, …
  • RNIB Newsletter
    Here’s the latest newsletter from the RNIB, with s great mix of stories: Get a Letter from Santa RNIB is once again helping to deliver the magic of Christmas by making sure all children with a vision impairment can receive a special festive letter. Our jolly elves work closely with Santa to …
  • RNIB Mental Wellbeing Check-In
    The RNIB offer a mental wellbeing service for people with sight-loss – here’s what they say about it and there’s also a link to sign-up: While isolation, stress and loneliness can affect anyone, we know those dealing with sight loss can experience more feelings of isolation and …
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    Here’s the latest edition of the Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter. Foreword from the Chair Dear Members and colleagues, welcome to our Autumn Newsletter! As the days get shorter, I start to think about my top tips for a better winter. Autumn always starts with my favourite jumper! …
  • accessibility news
    Blog: Loneliness can be the greatest challenge with a disability
    Writer and editor Emma Purcell, who is visually impaired and a wheelchair user, recently wrote a very personal piece on her blog, Rock for Disability, about loneliness. Despite having good friends and family, she won’t be alone in feeling that this can be one of the hardest things about being …
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of living: advice from energy saving expert
    As the rising cost of living continues to dominate the headlines, The Macular Society spoke to Kate Urwin, the founder and director of Yorkshire Energy Doctor. Kate offers independent advice on anything to do with energy, whether it is understanding energy bills, advice on the forthcoming price …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your October e-newsletter. We’re really happy that we can brighten up this autumn with lots of promising updates for you, including two interesting webinars you might like to join this month. The first of this month’s My Macular and Me webinars will feature Dr Tim Corson from …
  • New national TV advert raises awareness of macular disease
    The Macular Society has a new national TV advert which launches today, raising awareness of macular disease and the importance of regular sight tests, as part of a partnership between the Macular Society and Bayer. The new ad features actress and model Dame Lesley Lawson, best known as Twiggy. The …
  • National Braille Week – Equipment & Courses
    Every week is braille week for some people, but this week is National Braille Week, where awareness of braille and how it works are being raised. The RNIB are a great source of information on braille and they also stock a selection of our braille-related products for you. And if you’re new to …
  • What’s On From DEX – Including BSL Info
    Here’s the latest “What’s On” email from DEX, who provide events for young deaf people in West Yorkshire. There are several BSL videos to go with it! We have been busy planning all of our FREE DDYC events for the rest of this year! I have attached all of the posters to this …
  • benefits and money news
    Cost of living crisis: what support is available if you are visually impaired?
    This article was prepared by the Macular Society and contains many good tips, especially if you have a visual impairment. Many people living with sight loss already face additional, unavoidable costs. So, when the country is facing a cost of living crisis, this undoubtedly has more of an impact on …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    September Update Welcome to your September e-newsletter. Next week we’ll be joined by renowned experts from the world of macular research who will share with you the latest developments and discoveries being made by our amazing scientists at our Hope for the Future conference. It’s not too late to …
  • accessibility news
    Inclusive Irish Dance Group
    Kane Irish Dance Group, who are based in Huddersfield are looking to form a regular Saturday lesson that is inclusive for all. they have a young blind girl who has recently joined them. Check out her latest video on YouTube https://youtu.be/SgcSSlkE1Zo Here is the booking link for their next 4 week …
  • National Clinical Director for Eye Care appointed
    A new role which could help transform eye care services for people living with macular disease and other sight conditions, has been appointed by NHS England. Louisa Wickham, who is the medical director at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been announced as the UK’s first National …
  • benefits and money news
    RNIB Help With The Cost of Living Crisis
    The RNIB offer free practical and emotional support to help people with sight loss deal with increasing financial pressures. People with sight loss are entitled to financial support to help with the extra costs associated with their disability. They can help you identify the financial help, tax …
  • 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 …
  • Halifax Society For The Blind – Tenpin Bowling Session
    Have a go day – Tenpin Bowling 22nd July 10.00 12.00 –  if you are interested in coming along, meeting new people and enjoying a fun and competitive game of bowling.  Get in touch with Tina at the Halifax Blind Society on Tel- 01422 – 352383. There will be prizes and a free soft drink for …
  • accessibility news
    Why audio description is important
    Over the past few years, writer and editor Emma Purcell has been running a petition to make audio descriptions available on all films, TV shows and streaming services. So far, it has reached almost 3,500 signatures, but it needs thousands more. Here, Emma shares 5 reasons why audio description is …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your July newsletter. Firstly, thank you for all your support across Macular Week 2022. Together we succeeded in raising funds for vital research and awareness of macular disease and the impact it has on so many of our lives. This month we share more of the news from Macular week, …
  • Calderdale news
    Video: Fire Prevention Tips & Support
    Mr Dave Manning from The Fire Prevention Service gave a fascinating talk on fire safety to our 28 June 2022 Open Meeting. He covered a huge range of topics, including Safe & Well visits, where they visit those at most risk from fire and give them advice and practical support. There’s more …
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter: June 2022
    Contact HSB Call HSB’s office: 01422 352383 Email: info@halifaxblindsociety.org.uk Write: 36 Clare Road, Halifax, HX1 2HX Website: http://www.halifaxblindsociety.org.uk Halifax Society for the Blind CIO is a registered charity (No 1197353) Download PDF and Word versions of this newsletter Look Out! June …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    New research could lead to a treatment for both wet and dry AMD: Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified those who are at risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), based on their genes, and discovered underlying changes in the tissue of these otherwise healthy …
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Volunteering Open Day
    As part of Volunteer Week 2022, Halifax Society For The Blind will be holding a Volunteering Open Day on Tuesday 7th June, between 10am and 2.30pm, at their new premises (7 Southgate, Halifax). This event is not just about their existing volunteering offer, which they’ll be showcasing on the day. …
  • Macular Society May Newsletter
    Welcome to your May e-newsletter. Macular disease can often feel like an unknown condition among the wider public and that is why we are so grateful to you for continuing to spread the word. Thanks to your support great strides have been made over the last few years to push the importance of our …
  • accessibility news
    Naidex Exhibition
    The Naidex exhibition is an event for independent living and supporting the disabled community, showcasing wide-ranging solutions to improve mobility and accessibility, the latest innovations and tech, and explores the future of digital and physical accessibility. Naidex is for everyone. The event …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your April e-newsletter. While we continue to experience our own challenging times at home and hear about those happening in the world around us, we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you; and we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well. Thank you for continuing to …
  • Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions is lifting my stress level up: Almost all Covid-19 restrictions have been or soon will be lifted across the UK. Our writer Raya, who has muscular dystrophy and respiratory failure, talks about why she is frightened about the changes and concerned about the …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Do you know what red and white means? Did you know that someone with a red and white cane or assistant dog harness is deafblind? Read more about red and white canes here. Deafblindness: Spotting the signs. Thousands of people in the UK are living with sight and hearing loss, but how can you tell …
  • Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter
    Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter – 18th March 2022 MORECAMBE DAY TRIP and other brief updates. Firstly, I hope this letter finds you in good health. At HSB we are well into planning what we hope will be a lovely new building in Halifax town centre. You may have heard that we’re …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your March e-newsletter. As we try to keep up with what’s been happening in the news over the last few weeks, we hope you are looking after yourself and would like to take this opportunity to share our solidarity with all those caught up in the recent events in Ukraine and their …
  • Blind Parents UK
    Blind Parents UK are a peer support organisation for blind and visually impaired parents and parents-to-be. Here’s what they say about themselves and their services: Our services are completely free and offered by our dedicated team of volunteers, all of whom have a visual impairment …
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Sport: Activity Alliance Newsletter
    Welcome to February’s newsletter. This edition features new activity cards, UK CMOs’ disabled children’s activity guidelines and a new research project. New activity cards deliver inclusive, challenging, and fun PE sessions Activity Alliance and partners release series of …
  • Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Covid restrictions removed The Government has removed nearly all Covid restrictions as of 24 February 2022. Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing. Rules requiring self-isolation following a positive test have been …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your February e-newsletter. Thank you for joining us once again and sharing our hope for the future for everyone living with, or supporting someone with macular disease. This month we are excited to share two new developments in research and treatment for both wet and dry age-related …
  • Calderdale news
    Look Out – Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    Below you’ll find the latest newsletter from Halifax Society for the Blind, downloadable in three formats. Here’s their intro, which gives you a good idea of what’s inside: We hope this newsletter finds you well. It seems like there’s lots of water under the bridge since our …
  • accessibility news
    Visual & Hearing Impairment Support in Calderdale
    One of Calderdale’s Social Prescribing Link Workers from the Lower Valley, Ella Fairbrother recently went to meet Katherine Bland, Visual Impairment Team and Michelle Gerrard, Hearing Impairment Team at The Glenholme Re-source Centre, Elland where they are currently based. Ella wanted to know …
  • Calderdale news
    Reporting Pavement Obstructions
    If you encounter obstructions on pavements in Calderdale and wish to report them, these are your options: Vehicles Obstructions caused by parked vehicles should be reported to the police on their non-emergency number by telephoning 101. Calderdale Council do not have the power to move parked …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’ Newsletter
    9 winter warmers to help you deal with the cold if you have a disability: Many disabled people find cold temperatures a struggle due to lack of mobility or poor circulation. Disability and lifestyle blogger Gemma Orton, who lives with spinal muscular atrophy, shares her winter warmers to help you …
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. Top tips for clear speech Don’t miss our useful guide to help you communicate more effectively with people living with sight and hearing loss. Read more here Our support for carers We offer a wide range of support to carers, …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    News Disabled boy becomes youngest ever recipient in New Year Honours A Disabled boy who has cerebral palsy and autism is to become the youngest person to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM). Tobias Weller has been given the award in recognition of his fundraising efforts during lockdown. He has …
  • health & nhs news
    Macular Society Newsletter
    January Update Welcome to your January e-newsletter and Happy New Year! While this month is often a quiet one following December’s festivities, there’s already lots going on in the world of eye health and macular disease that we’re excited to share with you. Despite a very frenetic start to the …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    December Update Welcome to your December e-newsletter. Christmas is a time when many of us reflect on the past year – and for us, once again, the kindness, compassion and care you have shown with your support in Beating Macular Disease has made us feel thankful and truly blessed. You have …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons’ Christmas Newsletter
    Check out our Christmas articles… It’s now December and officially time to start celebrating all things Christmas. Our writer and editor, Emma Purcell, has just shared 10 Christmas memories growing up with a disability, but we have many more Christmas stories too, including tips for …
  • DeafBlind UK Newsletter
    Professional’s Update November 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. This is the organisation’s excellent e-newsletter. Forthcoming events Visit our website to discover a range of interesting events coming up soon, including “Leeds For All – …
  • benefits and money news
    New videos explain Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children
    New videos for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children DWP is committed to making communications clear and accessible to all. As part of this commitment, we have made four short videos about DLA for children. They provide a clear and simple overview of the four stages of a DLA for children …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Pantomime – Relaxed and Signed Performances
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGuj-wUM0J4 This Christmas, The Victoria Theatre Halifax is putting on the biggest panto of them all, the fabulous Jack and the Beanstalk. It will run from Saturday 11 December 21 – Sunday 2 January 22 and there will be Signed and Relaxed Performances included in the …
  • Macular Society November Newsletter
    November Update Welcome to your November e-newsletter. A huge thank you to everyone who encouraged their MP to attend the Westminster Eye Health Day which marked World Sight Day last month. You made it a great success! Read on to find out more about the fantastic number of parliamentarians who came …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society For The Blind Christmas Fair
    Halifax Society for the Blind will be holding a Christmas Fair at the Maurice Jagger Centre, Lister St, Halifax HX1 1UZ (near Sainsburys and the Bus Station in central Halifax) on Wednesday 17th November from 2pm to 4pm  …
  • Calderdale news
    Report: Halifax Bus Station accessibility workshop
    Meeting date: 30 September 2021 Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm Location: Microsoft Teams Meeting Project team attendees • Mark Auger – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Erica Ward – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Andrew Bradley – West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Steve Smith – Calderdale Council …
  • Calderdale news
    Hate Crime Awareness Week: 10-17 October 2021
    To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week – 10-17 October – we have produced a series of videos that look at the issue of Hate Crime and at how to recognise it, how to report it and how the Safe Places scheme offers refuge and support for victims of Hate Crimes. Working with Lead the Way, West …
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter
    The latest edition of Look Out! – HSB’s newsletter is now out. Ldownload: Look Out! Sept ’21 (pdf) Inside this issue, you’ll find out about:- A major announcement about the fantastic new premises that HSB will be moving to soon, An inspirational story of travelling abroad, Important updates …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    September 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss Where else …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your September e-newsletter. It is hard to believe it is September already and the summer, despite being a rather grey one, has almost finished. Weather aside, we hope you’ve been able to enjoy a break, or catch up on missed time with friends and loved ones. September is always a busy …
  • Deafblind UK Invites You To Their 2021 Convention
    You’re invited to the Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss 7th October, 9am – 5pm Free – click here to register today! Yes, that’s right, Deafblind UK is hosting the UK’s first virtual deafblind convention and we’d love you to join us from the …
  • Disability Horizons Newsletter
    Tell us how your work has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic With a lot of disabled people shielding and businesses struggling, work has been tricky for many during this time. To understand how it has impacted disabled people’s work, we’ve partnered with Leonard Cheshire to create a …
  • accessibility news
    Access to Work: factsheet & BSL video
    Access to Work – Overview Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. An Access to Work …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Deafblind Convention 2021 – Living better with sight and hearing loss This virtual event will be …
  • Macular Society Newsletter
    Welcome to your August e-newsletter. Even if the weather isn’t quite up to scratch, we hope you are enjoying being able to spend precious time with loved ones once more. After what we have all experienced over the last 18 months, it is more crucial than ever to highlight the importance of our …
  • Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update
    Welcome to the July edition of the Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update.  Exciting times, we have some face-to-face activities to tell you about this time!  We are continuing to run phone-based and online groups as well though, so hopefully there’s something for everyone. HSB Activities …
  • Vacancy – Activities Coordinator, Halifax Society for the Blind
    Halifax Society for the Blind wish to recruit an innovative and person-centred Activities Coordinator on a permanent contract (£20,952pa pro rata for 25 hours per week). Here’s what their job advert has to say about the role: As registered charity we’ve been providing support to local people …
  • Halifax Society For The Blind’s latest newsletter
    Fresh out is Halifax Society For The Blind’s latest edition of Look Out!, their newsletter. This edition is also produced as a text file for those using screen-reader software, and can be translated into braille or audio on request. For more information, you can also visit their website …
  • Survey Results: low vision assessment services in England
    The Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (CCEHC) has published the findings of their recent Impact survey on the commissioning and provision of low vision assessment services in England. The impact of Covid-19 has resulted in many low vision assessment clinics being cancelled, and …
  • accessibility news
    Cut the Clutter Campaign To Clear Pavements
    The walking charity, Living Streets, is running a “Cut the Clutter” campaign, calling for local authorities to prioritise clearing footways and pavements through measures including (but not limited to): 1. Banning all A-board advertising on the pavement 2. Putting in place plans and …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Horizons Newsletter
    LAST CHANCE to take our survey on disability hate crime Our survey on disability hate crime, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire, will be closing this week, so this is your LAST CHANCE to have your say and make your voice heard. The results will help us to highlight the issues with disability hate …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society for the Blind Want To Know What Services You Need
    This survey is being circulated by our friends at the Halifax Society for the Blind. Dear Members, Supporters, Colleagues and Partners, we hope you are well, and getting some sunshine and feeling good about getting out and about. Whilst you’re increasingly thinking of this, we’ve been putting …
  • Macular Society July Newsletter
    Welcome to your July e-newsletter. Firstly, a big, big thank you to everyone who supported us in Macular Week. Every year we are overwhelmed by how many of you show your support, in so many different ways. It is so inspiring seeing you get involved and help spread the word about macular disease, …
  • BBC appoints new disability team
    The BBC has set up a new disability team, to include Cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell in the role of Disability Ambassador, Kay  Ashton MBE as Creative Diversity Disability Lead, and Nichola Garde as Project Manager of Elevate, a recruitment programme for Disabled people. Cerrie Burnell will work …
  • health & nhs news
    Results: Calderdale/Huddersfield ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’
    We, at Disability Partnership Calderdale, in conjunction with Halifax Society for the Blind, recently ran a Focus Group looking at ‘Improving hospital services for people with sight loss’. We are now ready to share the feedback we received, which has been positively and gratefully received by the …
  • Deafblind Awareness Week 27 June – 3 July
    Deafblind Awareness Week takes place from 27th June to 3rd July and DeafBlind UK are asking everyone to tell one person about deafblindness! “You don’t look blind” During Deafblind Awareness Week, Deafblind UK will be sharing a series of videos called ” My …
  • Calderdale news
    ‘Have a Go’ Bowling Session For People With Sight Loss
    You are invited to a ‘Have a go’ Bowling session at Pennine Bowling Club, Organised by Halifax Society for the Blind and Pennine Bowling Club On Tuesday 29th June at 11am At Wellholme Park, Brighouse Have you ever wanted to try flat green bowling? Come along to their taster session and give it a …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society For the Blind’s Newsletter
    Below is a link to download Halifax Society For the Blind’s latest edition of their newsletter, Look Out! In this edition, they share plans for resuming face to face services when the general easing of Covid19 restrictions occurs. They had a marvellous Volunteer Week piece, with feedback …
  • First Steps – Getting Children With Visual Impairment Active
    First Steps is a project conceived by British Blind Sport to empower and encourage children with a visual impairment between the ages of 3 – 11 years old to develop their early developmental movement skills and to become physically active. While many schools offer PE to encourage children to engage …
  • accessibility news
    Macular Society June Newsletter
    June Update Welcome to your June e-newsletter, and happy Volunteers’ Week! A huge thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who have continued to deliver such a valuable service over the past 18 months. This month could spell the end of coronavirus restrictions for much of the UK. However you …
  • BBC and UK arts councils celebrate the work of disabled artists
    Twelve deaf, neurodivergent and disabled artists based across the UK have been commissioned to produce new film and audio works for BBC platforms this summer, which is part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. In addition, from the 14th to 18th June 2021, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting …
  • benefits and money news
    6 ways assistive tech has improved during the Covid-19 pandemic
    As we start to come out of lockdown and move towards our new ‘normal’, Disability Horizons. the online magazine, has been reflecting on the last year and how it has affected disabled people. One positive to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic is that the availability and growth of …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    The Disability Rights Handbook is now online We are delighted to announce the launch of a new digital version of the Disability Rights Handbook 46th Edition 2021-2022. Created to support remote working, this enhanced version of our flagship publication is an essential resource for all professional …
  • accessibility news
    Activity Alliance Disability Sport Newsletter
    This is the latest newsletter of the Activity Alliance, who work for equality in sport for people with disabilities. Activity Alliance News Welcome to May’s newsletter. This edition features our new strategy, Achieving Fairness, and the new campaign, Football Your Way.   New strategy …
  • health & nhs news
    Blocked pavements excluding disabled people from Calderdale’s streets
    This Press Release is from Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, supported by Halifax Society for the Blind and Disability Partnership  Calderdale. Disabled people in Hebden Bridge and throughout Calderdale are stepping up their campaign for the banning of A boards and other obstructions on our …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Newsletter
    HSB Activities Walking Group news Thanks to everyone who showed an interest in a walking group and gave feedback about what sort of walks you might like.  We are looking into partnering with other groups who already go out walking, and will update you as soon as we are clearer about how this will …
  • accessibility news
    Accessible Pregnancy Test Prototype
    A prototype of the first accessible pregnancy test has been unveiled by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to help blind and visually impaired women know their results privately for the first time. In a campaign looking to promote and raise awareness of accessible design, it is …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Government refuses to start public inquiry into Covid as PM accused of saying let the “bodies pile high” The government has told the families of those who have suffered bereavement through Covid that “an inquiry now is not appropriate”. A letter sent from the government to lawyers acting for the …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 23-April
    News Round-up Grenfell Tower fire is ‘a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people’ Lawyers involved in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry into the 2017 fire which killed 72 people have described it “as a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people”. The …
  • Guide: Blind Person’s Allowance
    Not a lot of people who have a sight disability are aware that they may be entitled to Blind Person’s Tax Allowance. If you are blind or severely sight impaired you may qualify for this allowance. If you were to qualify it would increase your personal tax allowance and can be backdated 12 …
  • Support RNIB’s Tactile Strips Campaign
    The RNIB is campaigning to increase the provision of tactile strips on rail station platform edges. This follows the tragic death last year of Cleveland Gervais, who fell onto the rail tracks at Eden Bridge station and was struck by a train. The Rail Accident Investigation branch made several …
  • benefits and money news
    10 things we want for disabled people in the next 10 years
    As part of Disability Horizons’ 10th birthday celebrations, the disability organisation asked their community of readers what they’d like to see improve or change for disabled people in the next 10 years. Ideas include better accessibility, more representation across all sectors, affordable …
  • Calderdale news
    Have you experienced Charles Bonnet Syndrome?
    Halifax Society for the Blind (HSB)are asking, Have you experienced Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)?  CBS is a common condition among people who have lost, or are losing, their sight.  It causes people to see things that aren’t really there – medically known as having a hallucination.  CBS …
  • health & nhs news
    Halifax Society for the Blind Newsletter – March/April
    This is the regular newsletter from the Halifax Society for the Blind. Find out more about them and sign up to the newsletter and many of their activities via their website. Welcome to the March edition of the Halifax Society for the Blind Activities Update!  This month, the focus is on keeping our …
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter
    Disability Rights UK’s Newsletter – 26 March 2021 Government continues to fail Disabled election candidates Questions have been asked this week in the House of Lords about why there isn’t a Government fund to support the reasonable adjustments of Disabled election candidates. The …
  • accessibility news
    Blind woman fighting for accessible pandemic communications
    A blind woman has won a legal case which secures fundamental promises of changes to how the Government communicates with people during the pandemic. Sarah Leadbetter, who is registered blind, was due to have a judicial review hearing concerning the government’s failure to provide her with …
  • benefits and money news
    DeafBlind UK Newsletter – March 2021
    Professional’s Update March 2021 Welcome to the Professional’s Update from Deafblind UK. If you have any feedback about this email, or if there is anything specific that you would like to read about then please contact us. Supporting eye clinics Thanks to funding from The National …
  • Calderdale news
    Halifax Society For The Blind Newsletter
    Below are pdf and text versions of the latest edition of Look Out, the newsletter of Halifax Society For The Blind (HSB)! In this issue, you can find out about their growing group activities, new products or services, and information about being a volunteer at HSB. In addition, they interview the …
  • health & nhs news
    Disability Rights Uk Newsletter 20-2-2021
    Open Statement from Disabled People’s Organisations and Allies – February 2021 Coronavirus has hit disabled people hard. 60% of deaths from coronavirus have been those of Disabled People. Disabled People have struggled to access healthcare, social care and food and many have been left without …
  • coronavirus news
    Call 119 For A Covid-19 Home Testing Kit
    The government has introduced a number of new improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested. People who do not have access to the internet can now order PCR home testing kits over the phone by calling 119, without needing an email address or any other digital …
  • benefits and money news
    Disability Rights UK Newsletter – 13/2/21
    Grenfell measures slammed by Disability groups Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has announced another £3.5 billion of funding to remove and replace unsafe cladding from towerblocks. The announcement comes three and a half years after the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people died, including …
  • accessibility news
    Disability Rights UK Critical Of Inaccessible Government Survey
    The government’s Disability Unit is currently running an online survey which will help to shape the forthcoming National Strategy for Disabled People. Comments must be received by 13 February in order for them to be taken on board before the publication of the Strategy. Here’s is Disability …
  • Deafblind UK Newsletter
    This is “the Professional’s Update”, a newsletter from from Deafblind UK. Accessible video calls Did you know that by making just a few simple changes you can help make your video calls more accessible to people with sight and hearing loss? Click here to find out more   …