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Local girl Lailah celebrates World Braille Day

Thursday 4 January is World Braille Day and marks the anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-52), a French man who became blind aged four. As a teenager, Louis found 63 ways to use a six-dot cell in an area no larger than a fingertip and this system grew to be used across the world.

Posted Thursday, 4 January 2024 News type: News story

Sight loss charity celebrates World Braille Day with ‘braille name generator’

To mark the celebration of World Braille Day on Thursday 4 January, and the vital importance of braille, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), is inviting people to request their name in braille.

Posted Thursday, 4 January 2024

Leading sight loss charities share concerns about the decision not to appoint a specific new Minister for Disabled People

The largest charities working with people with sight loss have come together to share their grave concern at the decision not to appoint a dedicated Minister for Disabled People and to add the role to an existing less senior role.

Posted Friday, 15 December 2023 News type: News story

'The Eyes Have It' Launches New Report Calling for a National Eye Care Plan for England to address surging patient demand

The Eyes Have It is a partnership of Macular Society, Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Association of Optometrists, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Roche Products Ltd.

Posted Monday, 11 December 2023 News type: Press release

Sight loss won’t stop local teen Olivia

A determined teenager from Castledawson is breaking down barriers for people with sight loss.

Posted Monday, 11 December 2023 News type: Press release

Famous face lends voice to classic Christmas poem for RNIB’s Talking Books

Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, Belgravia and Gosford Park, has recorded a special version of the festive poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’ for children with a vision impairment to enjoy this Christmas.

Posted Monday, 11 December 2023 News type: Press release

Media Services Overview 2023

Posted Monday, 11 December 2023 News type: Article News type: Research Report

RNIB calls for progress on accessible health and care information

RNIB has written a joint letter to NHS England, calling for accessible health and care information to be prioritised without delay.

Posted Monday, 11 December 2023

Banbridge boy receives a special delivery

A four year old boy from Banbridge has received his first accessible letter from Santa, designed by sight loss charity RNIB to ensure every child can experience the magic of Christmas.

Posted Wednesday, 6 December 2023 News type: News story

Our new audio identity and sonic logo

Read about how RNIB’s new sonic logo and audio identity build upon our 2018 re-branding and reinforcing our identity across multiple media platforms.

Posted Wednesday, 6 December 2023 News type: News story News type: Article