The year 2018 marked RNIB's 150th anniversary. Since our launch in 1868, we've seen huge changes for blind and partially sighted people.
We asked a group of kids to tell us what they wish for the future and how they'd like the world to be. Watch our video; you'll be surprised at some of the answers.
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Our 150th anniversary highlighted our achievements of working with blind and partially sighted people, past and present. Together, we have worked to improve their lives and those of others.
Watch our 150th anniversary film on YouTube
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Stephen Fry thanks RNIB on our anniversary
Proud to be supporting RNIB's 150-year anniversary. Let’s see the person, not the sight loss. Watch this inspiring and heart-warming video of bright young minds of tomorrow
Listen and read more of our birthday messages
Find our how we've made a massive impact on society including reading, accessibility, welfare reform and transport. Our story begins with our founder, Dr Thomas Armitage.
Find out more about our history
We've created a timeline of our history for you to download and share - RNIB 150th Timeline (PDF, 7.41MB)
It's been great celebrating our 150th anniversary with you. Our chair Eleanor Southwood thanks you all for taking part. Watch her film on YouTube and read the transcript: A big thank you from our Chair.
You've shared your stories with us throughout our 150th year and highlighted the changes and developments that matter to you. If you missed any of them you can listen to them right now.
Terry explains how he wants to continue to support people with sight loss
“My life began to change when I was first employed by RNIB”
“I’m pleased things are so different today”
Sue on taking the Ben Nevis challenge
Rik talks about some of the devices that have changed his life for the better
Leon has written a lovely poem for us
David talks about his commitment to helping people with sight loss
Claire on how a youth forum has indulged her passion for politics
“I was registered blind aged 29, but this hasn’t stopped me from achieving success in my chosen field”
Richard Rankin believes smartphones and tablets can be a powerful change for people with sight loss
Jim believes his smartphone is great for all his communications
The support given to Mark by RNIB made him run 26 miles..but it was all for a good cause
"The opportunity to work so closely with blind and partially sighted people allows me to build connections and help"
Elin reflects on her time she worked for RNIB
Marvel on conquering Killimanjaro and raising cash for RNIB
Why does Joe want to apologise to RNIB?
"My advice is to make the most of the things that you can do. If possible, get involved with things that you’d never thought of"
"I always wanted to support RNIB in my Will. I think it’s very worthwhile to feel your money is going towards helping somebody else"
"Every day I, like many others, are faced with the same overt discrimination. We are judged because we don’t conform to a view of being blind"
Richard talks about campaigning for blind and partially sighted people
The Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft discusses talking software, accessible apps and taking accessibility to the next level
Did you know the famous singer visited RNIB Sunshine Home for Blind Babies and Children back in 1962. We tweeted about it and the pictures are way too cute!
"Why we were inspired to leave a gift in our Will for RNIB"
“I have been involved with RNIB in a range of roles"
"Technology plays a crucial role in helping me be as independent as possible"
Jan talks about the creation of a cycling club by blind and partially sighted people
Connect magazine revealed some of the funniest calls to the RNIB Helpline and the weirdest antics of fundraisers
We campaign with people with sight loss to bring about positive change. To celebrate our 150th anniverasary, here are some of the highlights
As an adult, Caroline kept her disability hidden for 11 years, her story is one of defiance. Listen now
Listen to why Miles decided that being blind wasn’t going to stop him from achieving his dream of travel and adventure
Jim talks about the importance of being a volunteer for RNIB
Victoria explains why RNIB has played such a major part in her life over the past decade
"I believe it's this attitude that has helped Jacob achieve all of the above"
Find out what happened when a patient specifically requested to see Elaine
Marilyn talks about finding her voice to speak out about issues that people with sight loss face
“Through RNIB Connect I have discovered a community of mutual support"
Paige wants everyone to know that people who have a disability, are no different to anyone else
Find out why Amanda is encouraging people to take part in a sponsored event for RNIB
"I love my job as an ECLO. I get to help people and see the difference from one month to the next"
"Getting to grips with enabling technology has proved vital to my independence"
Elspeth Brown speaks about her experience with braille literature and the support she's received from RNIB.
Ian talks about his experience of sudden sight loss.
"My role as an ECLO allows me to promote a positive and optimistic outlook for those affected by sight loss."
"It’s now my job to bring the same experiences to people with sight loss throughout the UK and I could not feel more proud to be working for RNIB."
A poem written by Dave Steele especially for RNIB's 150th anniversary.
"Having cataracts surgery has improved things no end."
Gary Moritz talks about his experience of sight loss and his love of painting.
"One day, a letter came for me. Just like Harry Potter, I rarely received letters that were addressed to me personally."
"It was whilst listening to Connect Radio that I heard advice on the best ways to guide people living with sight loss"
Matthew got to speak at the Scottish Parliament about our award-winning youth forum
"The Children and Family service has been amazing to me and my family over the years"
This year, Menna and her guide Jennifer Kehoe, became Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympians in their first Paralympic Games
Bryan talks about performing in front of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and a piece of technology that changed his life
Wendy talks about the support she received from RNIB when she started to lose her sight
"I became partially sighted almost overnight and struggled emotionally. RNIB supported me to become a Connector and I met others with sight loss"
"I’ve had telephone and email support from RNIB, which has been amazing, and has helped me enormously in making me realise that I am not alone"
It's our birthday! We've received lots of lovely messages to celebrate our 150th anniversary from across the world. Listen to some of them now
To commemorate our 150th anniversary, we've produced a special edition of Connect magazine for you to read and share
"I have given over 21 years of service to RNIB, and every day I am making a difference"
For the first time ever, sections of a book written by the founder of RNIB, have been specially recorded for RNIB Connect Radio. Listen to it now.
To commemorate our 150th anniversary, the author has written an exclusive story for us to share with you. Listen to it now.
Find out what happens when a narrator records a book in the wrong accent
Find out why Jackie was inspired to raise money for Talking Books
"I like working at RNIB and that is why I have stayed and applied for jobs within the organisation"
Isaiah talks about his passion for music and the invaluable support he has received from RNIB
Discover how Captain Ian Fraser joined RNIB (then known as NIB) and began toying with the idea of a ‘talking book’
"Ever since I learned to read, I’ve always had a book in hand. Fact or fiction, it didn’t matter"
"RNIB's greatest contribution to my life has, without a doubt, been access to Talking Books"
Christopher Perkin reveals one of his favourite gadgets that he bought from RNIB, more than 17 years ago
"An almost casual remark in 1978 by someone from RNIB game me the machine which really did change my life"
Aly has been watching live music since he was a teenager, here he reflects on how venues have become more accessible over the years
"Going to University with a visual impairment does make it harder at times, especially as my vision continues to deteriorate"
Why being part of RNIB NI's Realise Project was so special for Judith and other young people
Natalie decided to work for RNIB after her young nephew was diagnosed with a genetic eye condition
"The experience made me realise blind people can do the same as everyone else"
Aneeba believes that volunteering for RNIB is one of the best things she has done
Kirin talks about some magic moments in her life that have included travel and performing with a leading theatre company
As many students await their exam results, Katrina reflects on her own achievements and the support provided by her teachers
"I dream of a future where disability will be as much a part of society as race or gender"
After leaving college, Darrell sought employment advice from RNIB and ended up working for us
To mark World Photography Day on 19 August, we're celebrating blind and partially sighted photographers
Stephen has been a customer with RNIB since he was 10, as well as reflecting Stephen looks to the future
Claire Lawrence has already shared her story as part of our 150 celebrations. Watch Claire as she experiences tactile art at the British Musuem
Annette has written a beautiful poem for us and also pledged to do four walks to celebrate our anniversary
We haven't always been RNIB. Heritage Services Manager, Robert Saggers, talks us through all of RNIB's names
Artist and bodybuilder, Claire Lawrence talks challenging perceptions
Matthew took on the 2018 London Marathon with his brother
Andrea shares how she became a volunteer and campaigner for RNIB
Richard wants to share his music to make people feel positive
Holly talks about why her iPhone has been so useful for her
Paul has been blind all his life, he's a journalist and weekly presenter on RNIB Connect Radio
Laura is taking on a challenge to inspire others with sight loss that anything is possible
Shadeen talks about how her career changed paths after she received a diagnosis
Mark talks about how working with others and sharing experiences can produce amazing results
When Anthony was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa he had no idea what it was
Sarah talks about getting involved with RNIB and her positive 'can do' attitude
Find out how Queen Victoria became the first patron of RNIB
Comedian Georgie Morrell shares her story
Find out about one of our fantastic Sooty Box collectors, Vicky
Paresh tells us how he maintains his independence
John, an ophthalmic nurse, tells us how he began his career
Nicki shares why the portable device 'In Your Pocket' has been so useful for her
Collette has sight loss and began volunteering with RNIB after graduating, find out what she's doing now
Ken took on a challenge to raise money for a service dear to his heart
Lizzie talks about her love for music and why it's played such an important part in her life
Maya-Liam talks about how their cane matches their personality
Colin tells us about the development he thinks has been the most important in the past 150 years
Find out about the history of braille at RNIB
In today's story, Robert shares a message of positivity, confidence and believing in yourself
Imran raised money for RNIB’s Talking Books service by taking on a sponsored skydive
Second to his family, Sean talks about his love for RNIB's Talking Books Service
Hannah recently went through a life-changing experience, she shares her story as part of RNIB’s 150th Anniversary
Sooty's celebrating a birthday too, read Sooty's story to find out how old he is
Losing your sight, doesn't mean you have to give up your hobbies. Kevin tells us about his
In today's story, Colin talks about his love for Audio Description (AD)
Discover the story of how RNIB was founded