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Latest media releases

RNIB welcomes NHS England decision to recommend sight saving treatment to children with rare eye condition

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.

Charity celebrates 80 years of Talking Books by making service entirely free for people with sight loss

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.   

Initiative to reduce diabetes-related sight loss wins Quality in Care Diabetes award

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.

RNIB CEO wins ‘Most Admired Chief Executive' at industry awards event

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.

Audio description event celebrates progress and sets challenges for the future

23 September 2015 | Leading sight loss charity hosts industry conference to celebrate UK audio description and reveal results of MovieReading App Trial

Famous Faces Support Sight Loss Campaign

16 September 2015 | Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Windsor and Neil Morrissey help RNIB launch ‘See the need’

RNIB to produce entire Man Booker shortlist in accessible versions

15 September 2015 | The shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced today (Tuesday 15 September).

Concert in the dark raises awareness of sight loss

10 September 2015 | Westlife star Markus Feehily, and Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell amongst line-up at Sound for Sight concert

RNIB encourages 'civic minded' blind and partially sighted people to sign up to new leadership programme

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.

RNIB considers legal action as patients in England denied sight saving treatment available in Scotland

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).

£430k Heritage Lottery funding to open up museums and culture to people with sight loss

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). 

RNIB launches fully accessible ‘ready to go’ computer range

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.

Blind and partially sighted campaigners take to the streets for 'fortnight of action'

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.

RNIB urges MPs to consider ‘serious impact’ of taxing disability benefits

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.

RNIB welcomes High Court ruling that PIP delays were 'unlawful'

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).

Insight Radio becomes first UK station to broadcast celebrity storytelling show The Moth

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.

Sight loss advisers play key role in supporting patients and staff say ophthalmologists

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.

RNIB launches UK-wide scheme to get people with sensory loss online

13 May 2015 | 125,000 people with sight or hearing loss set to benefit from Online Today

Our response to today's article in the BMJ

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.

London based bus company Metroline sign up to RNIB's accessibility Charter

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.

New app brings video on demand to blind and partially sighted people

10 March 2015 | Sight loss charity RNIB trials pioneering audio description app.

Motorists go the 'extra mile' in bid to raise £1 million for sight loss charity

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.

Daughter’s blindness motivates Kirkcaldy man to run Edinburgh Marathon Festival race for sight loss charity RNIB

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. 

Daily assault course of street obstacles and dangerous crossings injuring blind people

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.

RNIB responds to latest 'Voter Engagement in the UK' report

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.

RNIB and British Gas work together to make the Hive Active Heating app accessible for people with sight loss

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.

RNIB appoints new Group Director of Resources

13 January 2015 | Rohan Hewavisenti, Director of Finance and Business Development at British Red Cross joins RNIB.

RNIB and Samsung work together on making TVs more accessible

22 December 2014 | RNIB and Samsung have collaborated to work towards improving the accessibility of the electronic giant's TVs.

Help RNIB deliver 'first-class' services for blind and partially sighted people this Christmas

5 December 2014 | Charity launches annual Christmas Stamp Appeal to raise much-needed funds to help blind and partially sighted people.

New technology to help blind and partially sighted children to keep up with their peers

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.

Blind and partially sighted 11 year olds twice as likely to be bullied at school

3 December 2014 | Children with vision impairment are at increased risk of bullying warn two leading sight loss charities.

Blindness feared more than Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease

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.

Blind opera singer releases album to help raise money for sight loss charity

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).

RNIB response to Voter Engagement in the UK report

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.

Find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones

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.

Celebrities get behind #loveyoureyes campaign to raise awareness of sight loss

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.

The Book People raise £13,000 to support blind and partially sighted people

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.

Rachel Riley wears dots to raise lots

1st October 2014 | Countdown star, Rachel Riley, launches RNIB Readto help make more books accessible for blind and partially sighted people.

RNIB and Oxford University project wins Google's UK Impact Challenge

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.

Channel 4 Dispatches

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.

RNIB and Oxford University 'smart glasses' shortlisted in Google's £3.2million UK Impact Challenge

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.

Dolly Parton presents braille book to blind child

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.

The 'Mind's Eye' Garden wins the BBC/RHS People's Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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.

Newly blind left to cope alone

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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