David Allen, Chief Executive at the Faculty of Public Health, is passionate about social inclusion for people with disabilities. In his blog, he offers some practical steps to ensure people with sight loss enjoy health in all aspects of life.
George McNamara has spent the last ten years working in health policy. Today, he is the Director of Research, Policy and Innovation at Fight for Sight. During this year’s National Eye Health Week, he spoke to RNIB Connect Radio about the importance of research in preventing and treating sight loss, and shares some of the exciting new breakthroughs happening within the sector.
Findings from a new report published by RNIB and Specsavers, suggest the eye health crisis is set to deepen. Interim Chief Executive of RNIB, Sally Harvey and Specsavers Optometrist, Dr Nigel Best, sheds light on some of the key report findings.
With the launch of the new Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form last month, we looked back almost thirty years at an edition of New Beacon from August 1989 when a commentary of a report proposing changes to the CVI form’s predecessor, the DB8 form, was printed.
In July 1947, The New Beacon featured an article exploring attitudes towards deafblind people. Author Frieda La Pla, deaf and blind herself, raises awareness of some of these harmful attitudes and suggests how these could be addressed.
In 1962, RNIB established the National Eye Donor Scheme, which sought to encourage people to donate their eyes after death for corneal grafting and other therapeutic purposes. Ten years later, in April 1972, New Beacon featured an article about how cornea material was being flown abroad for operations with Commonwealth nationals. Dive into the archive to find out more.
It is estimated that between 10-15 per cent of rehabilitation officers in the UK who work with people with a vision impairment have a sight condition themselves. However, a rehab officer with VI, Rod Wilson, wrote an article for NB in 1985 in which he explains how he didn’t feel people with VI were taken seriously enough in the profession. Look back in the NB archive to find out why.