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Accessible information

  • The latest on ending the “book famine”

    In Marrakech on 28 June 2013, a long standing campaign RNIB had been coordinating came to a successful end. Well, sort of... the UN adopted a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of blind or partially sighted people. However, for the UK to be able to use the Treaty, the EU must ratify it. But 18 months after the Treaty was agreed, this has still not happened.

  • Making NHS information accessible

    During September, we held three workshops with NHS England as part of their consultation on the accessible information standard. The standard will compel health and social care service providers to record patients’ communication needs (such as alternative formats) and to provide them.

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On my street

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Bus campaigning

  • Sunderland campaigner scores bus success

    Regional bus operator Go North East has committed to improve bus journeys for blind and partially sighted passengers in Sunderland – thanks to the work of a local campaigner.

  • Kinch bus roll out talking buses across entire fleet

    After a long and hard fought campaign, Kinch bus in Loughborough is finally launching their talking bus service throughout their entire fleet thanks to the hard work of our Leicestershire campaigners.

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Education campaigning

  • More support needed for disabled children

    A new report out by Every Disabled Child Matters - a coalition we belong to that campaigns for the needs of disabled children, young people and their families - is calling on political parties to commit to addressing the needs of disabled children and young people ‘right from the start’.

  • Government ensures inspection of SEND services

    On 17 December the Department for Education announced that Ofsted will be asked to formally inspect local areas on their effectiveness for providing appropriate support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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Employment campaigns

  • Improving Access to Work for disabled people

    We at RNIB strongly support the Access to Work scheme because it enables blind and partially sighted people of working age to become economically active and independent. On 19 December 2014, the Work and Pensions Select Committee released a report about how the Access to Work scheme is currently working, and how it can be improved.

  • Speaking to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about Access to Work

    On Tuesday 2 November, RNIB's Fazilet Hadi spoke to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work.

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Protecting welfare support

  • Improving Access to Work for disabled people

    We at RNIB strongly support the Access to Work scheme because it enables blind and partially sighted people of working age to become economically active and independent. On 19 December 2014, the Work and Pensions Select Committee released a report about how the Access to Work scheme is currently working, and how it can be improved.

  • Speaking to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about Access to Work

    On Tuesday 2 November, RNIB's Fazilet Hadi spoke to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Employment support for disabled people: Access to Work.

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Save our sight

  • Don’t miss out on inspecting and improving your local health services

    Over the coming months there’s an opportunity to drive improvements at your local health services through Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE).

  • Recognising local needs

    In order to set their budgets, councils and local NHS commissioners need to predict where their money is going to be needed. Joint Strategic Needs Assessments assess the health needs of their local population so officers can plan ahead. We've been working to ensure these reflect eye health locally.

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Sight loss advisers

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Social care

  • Local campaigners and Hull local society secure review of rehabilitation support

    Local campaigners, our Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire and Humber, and Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind have successfully campaigned for better rehabilitation support in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

  • Big win for the social care campaign

    On 24 October the Government published the Care Act regulations and guidance which set out how local authorities should provide care and support in England. There is a lot to be welcomed. Thanks so much to everyone who has got involved with our social campaign! Without this amazing amount of activity we would not have had such a huge impact on social care.

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Talking ATMs

  • Great blog and video from Barclay's about talking ATMs

    Barclay's bank have put up a great blog on their website explaining how they came on board with the Talking ATMs campaign and led the sector in introducing the facility across their network.

  • Try a talking ATM

    At the end of October 2013 RNIB South East members got the opportunity to try a Co-Op talking ATM at a forum event.

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Envision network

  • Blind dates in European Parliament

    RNIB staff, volunteers and members of our Envision network attended and took part in the European Blind Union (EBU) “blind date” event in the European Parliament over 11 and 12 November.

  • Envision steering group met on 23 October 2014

    The latest Envision steering group meeting was held at our Judd Street office on 23 October in order for the group to plan the next stages of the network’s coffee shop campaign and to think about the next campaign and elections to the next steering group.

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Other campaigning

  • New campaigns group for Milton Keynes

    South East Volunteer Campaigns Coordinator, Padma Cheriyan organised and hosted the launch of a new campaigning group for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

  • VI awareness training starts at Nottingham Capital FM Arena

    Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, Claire Lawrence, begins training the staff at Nottingham Capital Arena in Visual Awareness in early January to continue to improve the service offered to the Arena's customers with sight loss.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

  • VI awareness training starts at Nottingham Capital FM Arena

    Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, Claire Lawrence, begins training the staff at Nottingham Capital Arena in Visual Awareness in early January to continue to improve the service offered to the Arena's customers with sight loss.

  • Kinch bus roll out talking buses across entire fleet

    After a long and hard fought campaign, Kinch bus in Loughborough is finally launching their talking bus service throughout their entire fleet thanks to the hard work of our Leicestershire campaigners.

See all East midlands news

London

Campaigning news from London

  • British Transport Police commit to accessible ID badges

    Following years of campaigning, our London volunteer campaigner Mohammed Mohsan Ali has succeeded in his campaign to get the British Transport Police to present information on their ID badges in braille!

  • RNIB win battle of Waterloo

    We did it! We’ve reversed South West Trains’ decision to turn off audio announcements at Waterloo.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Paul Maynard MP visits sight loss adviser at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

    On 21 November, Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys paid a visit to the sight loss adviser service at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in order to learn more about the vital role sight loss advisers play in supporting people who have been told that they are losing their sight.

  • Steve Rotheram MP visits ECLO at Aintree Hospital

    On 17 October, Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, joined us alongside Bradbury Fields, who deliver services for blind and partially sighted people across Merseyside, to talk about the need for people to be given support when diagnosed with a sight condition.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

  • New campaigns group for Milton Keynes

    South East Volunteer Campaigns Coordinator, Padma Cheriyan organised and hosted the launch of a new campaigning group for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

  • Sight loss advisers offer support and advice

    Save Southampton’s ECLO service

    We’re working alongside colleagues from Action for Blind People and Southampton Sight and Opensight to protect the local Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) service which has been removed due to budget cuts.

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

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West midlands

Campaigning news from the West midlands 

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Yorkshire and humber

Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • The latest on ending the “book famine”

    In Marrakech on 28 June 2013, a long standing campaign RNIB had been coordinating came to a successful end. Well, sort of... the UN adopted a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of blind or partially sighted people. However, for the UK to be able to use the Treaty, the EU must ratify it. But 18 months after the Treaty was agreed, this has still not happened.

  • Blind dates in European Parliament

    RNIB staff, volunteers and members of our Envision network attended and took part in the European Blind Union (EBU) “blind date” event in the European Parliament over 11 and 12 November.

See all Europe and worldwide news