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Accessible information

  • Making apps accessible

    If you use a smart phone, or tablet, you’ll no doubt use apps. Unfortunately we all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, only to find out that it’s inaccessible that's why we're working to strengthen EU law in this area.

  • Barclays, a beacon of good practice in accessibility

    Campaigners from across London and the South East made a series of visits to newly designed Barclays branches in London last month to assess the new design and discuss how the bank could make their services more accessible.

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On my street

  • Proposed changes to busy Manchester area

    Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester are in the process of developing the busy Oxford Road area in the centre of the city.

  • Don Foster MP takes blindfold walk challenge

    Volunteer campaigner, Steve Hyde accompanied Bath MP Don Foster and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Steve Bradley, on a blindfold walk around Bath city centre as part of our “Who put that there!” campaign on 20 February.

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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

  • We want to hear from you on changes to Disabled Students Allowance

    You may have heard that the Government are making changes to Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). We would like to hear from you if you are currently receiving DSA funded support or if you have done so in the past.

  • 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’.

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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.

See all Protecting welfare support news

Save our sight

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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

  • Barclays, a beacon of good practice in accessibility

    Campaigners from across London and the South East made a series of visits to newly designed Barclays branches in London last month to assess the new design and discuss how the bank could make their services more accessible.

  • 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.

See all Talking ATMs news

Envision network

  • Join our election campaign

    Voting for Envision’s 2015 steering group is now open!

    Voting is now open for the 2015 steering group! Members of the steering group lead on planning campaigns and communications with the wider Envision network. If you're a member of Envision, please use your vote and select the six members you would like on the next steering group by 20 March.

  • 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 Envision network news

Other campaigning

  • Share your views on future rail provision in the North

    As you may be aware, the Government is currently undertaking a tender process to appoint new operators to run two rail services, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail from late 2015 onwards. We want to hear your experiences of the current services and what improvements you would like to see in any new service provision.

  • Improving rail assistance in the East Midlands

    Over the past few months, East Midlands volunteer campaigner, Sarah Leadbetter has been campaigning to improve rail assistance at Narborough train station.

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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 

  • Improving rail assistance in the East Midlands

    Over the past few months, East Midlands volunteer campaigner, Sarah Leadbetter has been campaigning to improve rail assistance at Narborough train station.

  • 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.

See all East midlands news

London

Campaigning news from London

  • Barclays, a beacon of good practice in accessibility

    Campaigners from across London and the South East made a series of visits to newly designed Barclays branches in London last month to assess the new design and discuss how the bank could make their services more accessible.

  • 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!

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

  • Share your views on future rail provision in the North

    As you may be aware, the Government is currently undertaking a tender process to appoint new operators to run two rail services, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail from late 2015 onwards. We want to hear your experiences of the current services and what improvements you would like to see in any new service provision.

  • Durham MP visits sight loss adviser in Sacriston

    Durham North MP Kevan Jones found out more about the vital support offered to Durham residents who have lost their sight when he visited a local sight loss adviser in Sacriston on 17 February.

See all North east news

North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Share your views on future rail provision in the North

    As you may be aware, the Government is currently undertaking a tender process to appoint new operators to run two rail services, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail from late 2015 onwards. We want to hear your experiences of the current services and what improvements you would like to see in any new service provision.

  • Proposed changes to busy Manchester area

    Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester are in the process of developing the busy Oxford Road area in the centre of the city.

See all North west news

South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

  • Barclays, a beacon of good practice in accessibility

    Campaigners from across London and the South East made a series of visits to newly designed Barclays branches in London last month to assess the new design and discuss how the bank could make their services more accessible.

  • 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.

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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

  • Share your views on future rail provision in the North

    As you may be aware, the Government is currently undertaking a tender process to appoint new operators to run two rail services, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail from late 2015 onwards. We want to hear your experiences of the current services and what improvements you would like to see in any new service provision.

  • Developing advice and support service at Sheffield Hallamshire Eye Clinic

    During February, in collaboration with the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, we held four focus groups to help shape and create an evidence base for a new information, advice and support service at the Sheffield Hallamshire Eye Clinic.

See all Yorkshire and humber news

Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • Making apps accessible

    If you use a smart phone, or tablet, you’ll no doubt use apps. Unfortunately we all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, only to find out that it’s inaccessible that's why we're working to strengthen EU law in this area.

  • 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.

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