Best of Connect

  • Man speaking at press conference

    Dear Media, your portrayal of blind people is wrong


    With blind people always being portrayed as helpless, supernatural or inspirational in the media, blogger Alex Man speaks out to try dispel these misconceptions.

  • Blind teenager steps up a gear by learning to drive


    A blind student’s dream of getting behind the wheel has become a reality.

  • Image shows Jo smiling with a circus tent in the background

    When words disappeared from the page… Jo’s sight loss journey


    Community member Jo Young lost her sight at age 42, but was able to rebuild her life and continue working with the crucial support of others. She shares her inspiring story here.

    One evening I was reading a book in bed and suddenly entire words disappeared from the page. I was absolutely terrified. I opened and closed my eyes several times to try and focus, hoping desperately that the words would reappear. Unfortunately, they didn’t. I put the book down and closed my eyes.

  • Photo of a Henshaws van from 1935

    Celebrating 180 years of Manchester’s first society for blind people


    Danielle Colcombe, Community Facilitator, attended Henshaws' 180th anniversary exhibition this month to recognise the amazing work of the charity.

  • An Introduction to Unscene Suffolk - a theatre company for visually impaired people


    Connect member, Wayne Witney shares his experiences of joining a theatre company, Unscene Suffolk which was founded for visually impaired people.

  • Image shows Paul smiling and surrounded by greenery

    From Royal Marine to writer, how one man never gave up


    Community member Paul Stretton-Stephens talks about how a serious injury and losing his sight helped him discover his passion for the arts.  

    I count myself as having been very lucky in life despite a couple of knocks along the way. I left school, having attended 12 in total and served in the Royal Marines, and then became a Royal Military Policeman serving in different parts of the world.

  • New app is helping blind and partially sighted bus users in pilot


    A new mobile app that makes the real-time information at bus stops more accessible for people with sight loss is being trialled in councils across England.

  • Photo of a portrait of a man with a scarf across one of his eyes

    Blindness in the 18th century


    From Egyptian ophthalmia to cataract surgery, a research project about the history of people with disabilities in England has revealed the interesting past of blindness. The Volunteer Research and Archive group from Liverpool tells us more.

  • Liz and sighted guide with an elephants skull near Victoria Falls

    A different way to see the world


    Liz Frankland, a blind traveller, was worried she would never be able to explore the world, until she discovered a tour operator for people with sight loss.

  • Image shows the view from a plane, including the planes wing and a sunset in the distance

    Flying blind - the gift of a lifetime


    We've all had the experience of flying in an aeroplane but what about piloting one yourself? Community member Urmila Sharma-Valand talks about what it was like to fly a plane with sight loss.

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