RNIB Press Office
24 October 2017 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has confirmed Sally Harvey as its new Chief Executive. Sally, who has been Acting Chief Executive since October 2016, is appointed with immediate effect.
16 October 2017 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched a new film, How I See, demonstrating modern life through the eyes of blind and partially sighted people.
17 August 2017 | Changes to the new Certificate for Vision Impairment (CVI) form will make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to access support and services in England from today.
15 August 2017 | Blind and partially sighted people were denied the right to vote independently and in secret during the General Election 2017, according to new research by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
8 August 2017 | Local health and social care services can avoid incurring over £3million annually by providing good quality vision rehabilitation support to people with sight loss.
28 July 2017 | The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment launched its inquiry in to capacity problems in NHS eye care services and avoidable sight loss in England today.
25 July 2017 | Ellie Southwood, current Vice Chair of RNIB, is to become the organisation’s next Chair
30 June 2017 | Sophie Castell, former Director of Marketing, Communications and Fundraising at Canal & River Trust, joins RNIB.
17 May 2017 | The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been announced as the official health charity partner of this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
29 March 2017 | RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is urging the Government to create an eye health strategy to bring England in line with the other countries in the UK.
14 March 2017 | Patients are being helped to take care of their sight under a new pilot scheme to end cancelled, delayed or missed eye clinic appointments.
8 March 2017 | You can now donate to RNIB using Apple Pay on your iPhone
8 December 2016 | Leading sight loss charity, RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has announced the appointment of Lord (Julian) Fellowes as one of its Vice Presidents.
1 November 2016 | In August, Action for Blind People announced that after careful consideration we had made the difficult decision to stop running the three Vision Hotels. At that time, we said we were doing everything we can to ensure the hotels stay open under new management.
13 October 2016 | RNIB and Specsavers urge over 65s this World Sight Day to get their eyes tested.
21 September 2016 | NHS patients in England face waiting up to 15 months for desperately needed cataract treatment.
25 August 2016 | After careful consideration, Action for Blind People has made the difficult decision to stop running the three Vision Hotels.
10 August 2016 | “We are deeply saddened by the news that our great friend and former President The Duke of Westminster has passed away.
23 May 2016 | Ken Carson will take on the five-day challenge to help RNIB support as many blind and partially sighted people as possible
10 May 2016 | Following more than 12 years in the role, Alexander retires as Chief Executive at the UK’s leading sight loss charity
15 April 2016 | Blind and partially sighted readers can enjoy Julian Fellowes’s new book ‘Belgravia’ before it is published in hardback or paperback.
29 March 2016 | Transforming Braille Group unveils Orbit Reader which will reduce the cost of Braille displays by more than 80 per cent
23 March 2016 | RNIB and Benetech have announced the launch of RNIB Bookshare, an online service which delivers accessible materials to schools and colleges in the UK.
18 March 2016 | RNIB has presented Samsung Electronics UK with an Inclusive Society Award in recognition of its work in making smart TVs accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
11 March 2016 | Our head of campaigns, Steve Winyard, comments on the results of the PIP consultation.
17 February 2016 | Hull City Council has pledged to work with local disabled people to tackle the growing issue of street clutter.
12 November 2015 | RNIB has welcomed the decision by NHS England to publish its commissioning policy recommending the use of Humira (adalimumab) in children with severe refractory uveitis.
9 November 2015 | Talking Books, a service which provides more than one million audio books every year to people with sight loss, will be completely free for all blind and partially sighted people in the UK from today.
21 October 2015 | A project which is helping to reduce sight loss in Bradford has won a prestigious Quality in Care Diabetes award for the best initiative supporting self care of the disease. Learning from this project will be shared nationwide.
25 September 2015 | Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, CEO of leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), was named 'Britain's Most Admired Charities 2015: Most Admired Chief Executive' at last night's Third Sector Awards.
23 September 2015 | Leading sight loss charity hosts industry conference to celebrate UK audio description and reveal results of MovieReading App Trial
16 September 2015 | Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor and Neil Morrissey help RNIB launch ‘See the need’
15 September 2015 | The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced today (Tuesday 15 September).
10 September 2015 | Westlife star Markus Feehily, and Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell amongst line-up at Sound for Sight concert
7 August 2015 | Leading sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is launching a free Civic Leadership Programme and the application process is now open.
24 July 2015 | Adults and children with a rare eye condition may have to move to Scotland to save their sight, warns RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).
16 July 2015 | A new project which will enable blind and partially sighted people to increase their independence when visiting heritage sites and museums has been awarded £438,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
13 July 2015 | Blind and partially sighted people can now buy from a range of new accessible computers, products which comes ready loaded with either JAWS or MAGic magnification software.
06 July 2015 | Local campaigners across England are taking part in a 'fortnight of action' to highlight the growing problem of street obstacles; bollards, advertising boards, bins, cars parked on pavements, and 'shared space' schemes.
26 June 2015 | Ahead of the July Budget, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, RNIB, is urging MPs to consider the very serious consequences of taxing disability benefits.
5 June 2015 | Today's ruling by the High Court that a delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was 'unlawful' and 'unacceptable' has been welcomed by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).
21 May 2015 | An ‘edgy, exhilarating and sometimes terrifying’ programme from America is coming to RNIB’s Insight Radio. It is the first station in the UK to broadcast The Moth series of celebrity-read stories.
19 May 2015 | A new RNIB report highlights the difference that sight loss advisers can make to a busy eye department, freeing up clinician's time and acting as a bridge between health and social care.
13 May 2015 | 125,000 people with sight or hearing loss set to benefit from Online Today
2 April 2015 | Today The British Medical Journal published an editorial which suggests that RNIB was put under pressure by pharmaceutical company Novartis to challenge a clinical trial called Tandem. Here is our response.
19 March 2015 | Metroline has signed up to RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for customers with sight loss.
10 March 2015 | Sight loss charity RNIB trials pioneering audio description app.
2 March 2015 | National sight loss charity RNIB could receive up to £1 million after being chosen as the first ever Charity of the Year by petrol forecourt retailers Shop’ N Drive. The money will be raised by customers, in an innovative scheme which allows them to ‘top up’ their credit or debit card transaction.
20 February 2015 | A Kirkcaldy man is gearing up to run the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Full Marathon race in aid of RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind people) after being spurred on by his own daughter’s blindness.
10 February 2015 | Thousands of blind and partially sighted people are beig injured as they walk around their local streets, leaving many of them without the confidence to get out and about.
5 February 2015 | Following the publication of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s 'Voter Engagement in the UK' report, RNIB is calling on the Government to publish their proposals for making registration and voting accessible to disabled people.
21 January 2015 | Working in partnership with RNIB, British Gas has ensured that its Hive Active Heating app for Android phones is fully accessibility for people with sight loss. It is the first app to receive RNIB's 'App Accreditation' for accessibility.
13 January 2015 | Rohan Hewavisenti, Director of Finance and Business Development at British Red Cross joins RNIB.
22 December 2014 | RNIB and Samsung have collaborated to work towards improving the accessibility of the electronic giant's TVs.
5 December 2014 | Charity launches annual Christmas Stamp Appeal to raise much-needed funds to help blind and partially sighted people.
3 December 2014 | Advances in mainstream technology are providing a level playing field for blind and partially sighted children, according to new research carried out by leading sight loss charities.
3 December 2014 | Children with vision impairment are at increased risk of bullying warn two leading sight loss charities.
26 November 2014 | New research by RNIB reveals 44 per cent of UK adults said they feared losing their sight more than any other long-term health condition.
17 November 2014 | Elizabeth Capener, 33, a blind soprano from London has released her first opera album and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
14 November 2014 | RNIB welcomes the recommendations around disabled people contained in the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee's 'Voter Engagement in the UK' report.
12 November 2014 | Finding thoughtful and appropriate gifts for elderly relatives or those with a disability can be tricky. RNIB’s online shop has a wide range of fun gifts and practical gadgets for people of all ages.
3 November 2014 | Celebrities including Amy Childs, Stephanie Pratt, Vicky Pattison, Jasmin Walia and Maria Fowler have given their support to a brand new campaign which aims to make sure young people are looking after their eyes properly.
31st October 2014 | Four new Talking Books for blind and partially sighted children and young people have been produced by RNIB thanks to a donation of more than £13,000 from independent bookseller The Book People.
1st October 2014 | Countdown star, Rachel Riley, launches RNIB Readto help make more books accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
14 August 2014 | Smart glasses which help blind and partially sighted people to 'see' have been chosen by the public as one of the winners at the final of the Google Impact Challenge 2014.
11 August 2014 | Our statement regarding the Channel 4’s Dispatches programme which looked at the topic of telephone fundraising at telephone fundraising agency Pell and Bales.
18 July 2014 | Public urged to vote for the glasses to win the people's choice award. A project to develop smart glasses which help blind and partially sighted people to 'see' shapes and obstacles has been revealed as one of the 10 finalists of the 2014 Google Impact Challenge.
11 June 2014 | Music legend Dolly Parton took time out of her UK tour to present a braille book to 5-year-old Dylan Manifold from Liverpool to mark the new partnership between RNIB and Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
23 May 2014 | RNIB and leading residential property developer Countryside are delighted to have received the BBC/RHS People's Choice Award following their earlier accolades of Gold Medal and the award for Best Fresh Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
14 April 2014 | Tens of thousands of people in the UK are not being offered the vital emotional and practical support they need when they start to go blind. Research by RNIB has found that only 218 of more than 400 eye clinics and hospitals in the UK (53 per cent) have any support staff available to patients to talk to after their diagnosis.
A new report released by RNIB, 'Hanging by a thread', also reveals just how precarious funding is for existing sight loss adviser roles as many of the services have no guaranteed funding after April 2015.
Shake off the winter blues by going dotty for a good cause
28 January 2014 | The joy and over-indulgence of Christmas may feel like a distant memory, and winter seems like it's stretching ahead like an interminable blur of short days and frosty mornings but here's a great excuse to shake off the January blues for a good cause. To celebrate Louis Braille's revolutionary communication system for blind and partially sighted people, which uses a series of raised dots, RNIB, the leading sight loss charity, is encouraging people to go dotty to help support people with sight loss in the area.
Steve McCabe MP gets a glimpse of the difficulties blind people face every day
28 January 2014 | Steve McCabe MP met with local blind and partially sighted campaigners in Birmingham to understand the challenges people with sight loss face in their daily lives. Mr McCabe visited Focus Birmingham, a local society for people with sight loss, and was challenged to try certain aids and adaptations which help blind and partially sighted people remain independent.
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