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Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has recently reopened its Radiology Unit at the University Hospital of Wales which has been redesigned in line with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Visibly Better Cymru Scheme.
Cardiff and Vale UHB are the only Health Board in Wales to have used the Visibly Better Cymru design principles while undergoing a redesign of a service area.
Stories can open up magical new worlds, allowing the reader to escape to far-away lands and meet colourful and exciting new characters, but for blind and partially sighted people, getting hold of the books they love or need for work or education can be really difficult.
For over 80 years, supported by clubs and other organisations, RNIB’s Talking Books service has helped create a lifeline to the outside world for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
On Thursday 29 June 2017, I went to Edinburgh to attend the Rebus Festival which was hosted by writer and creator of said character Ian Rankin. The festival spanned a period of three days. The first event took place on Friday 30 June at Queens Hall which involved an interview with Rankin about Rebus and also included live music from artists such as Blue Rose Code, Michael Weston King and Kirsty Law. This event was concluded with a book signing by Ian Rankin which I also attended. I did not have a book for him to sign as I have purchased his novels by way of audiobook files.
A project to spearhead a national conversation with people throughout Wales about voting, barriers to voting, and non-voters’ views on politics is being launched today.
Hafod Housing have been working with RNIB Cymru to gain Visibly Better accreditation. The Visibly Better scheme offers a wide range of workshops that are designed to support and develop inclusive design in homes and public buildings for ageing eyes and people with sight loss.
Hafod own and manage over 4,500 homes across south Wales, including retirement schemes for older people, and are always striving to make lives better for their tenants.