Best of Connect

  • Photo of a red UK post box in front of a brick wall

    Awkward but funny sight loss moments


    You may have seen English TV presenter Richard Osman’s recent Tweet about his amusing encounter. It went: “One of the upsides of being visually impaired is that today I saw a beautiful cat sitting on a low fence, and, when I crossed the road to stroke it, I discovered it was the handlebars of a bicycle.” Well we’ve brought together some of the best replies that you may relate to…

  • Image shows Meagan smiling and sat on a sofa

    If a blind person could do it…


    Meagan Houle, author of the blog Where’s Your Dog?, talks about an infuriating and patronising line often used by sighted people: “If a blind person can do it, what’s your excuse?”

  • An elderly couple holding hands

    Sight loss: What’s love got to do with it?


    Daisy and Mervin, both in their 90s, are childhood sweethearts. Daisy was diagnosed with glaucoma at the age of 38. Last year, she lost her sight completely. They share how their love for one-another has helped them cope with sight loss together.

  • Photo of Imran

    Dr Imran Haq wins Voice of the Community award


    In December 2017, RNIB hosted the second Vision Pioneer Awards to celebrate the hard work and edication of eye health and sight loss sector professionals. The awards recognise their tireless work to support blind and partially sighted people and their friends and family.

  • Sally Harvey, Chief Executive

    Getting to know Sally Harvey


    Sally Harvey was officially appointed RNIB’s new Chief Executive back in October 2017. Dale Milligan from Connect magazine met with Sally, to help you get to know her better.

  • Fred and Etta: honoured for charity work


    Last year, the University of Warwick b​estowed Fred and Etta Reid a joint honorary degree, for their services to the blind and partially sighted community.

  • Photo of John sitting in the pilot's seat

    Learning to fly at 82


    John Allison had been dreaming of learning to fly since he was 12 years old, but there was always something stopping him. Now, aged 82 and with deteriorating vision, he thought it was time he took the plunge and shared his story with Connect.

  • Photo of Leah in a garden

    Having sight loss but without a condition


    Leah Caplan took part in RNIB’s How I See campaign which shows how people's experience of sight loss can vary greatly. Here, Leah highlights her rare situation.

  • Illustration of a pile of books

    How to start writing a short story


    Need inspiration to start writing your 2018 writing competition entry? George Saunders, 2017 Booker Prize winner and A C Hart, a winner of RNIB’s 2016 writing competition, share their tips.

  • Photo of Daniel's guide dog Zodiac

    My new guide dog Zodiac


    Daniel Williams talks about his journey to becoming a new guide dog owner.

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