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We are all dogs with a very important job

Most people tend to think of assistance dogs as Labradors or Retrievers, trained to lead blind people or to help wheelchair-users. But with increasing knowledge about different breeds of dogs and their abilities, the range is expanding. And we do not want to be judged as barking mad. What are dogs at work? A working...
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2 men and 1 woman standing together smartly dressed in Pocklington Hub for people with sight loss

A Man on a Mission with Low Vision | CET Roadshow launches

A nationwide CET roadshow was launched 14th May to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by patients who are diagnosed with irreversible sight loss. Entrepreneur Dan Williams may be severely sight impaired, but he’s totally focused on improving the skills of Britain’s optometrists and dispensing opticians to help the 2 Million or so patients that...
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How accessible are Health Clubs in the UK?

Apart from joining local sporting clubs, the 2012 Paralympics also motivated hundreds of disabled people, of all abilities, to head off to their local Health Club and get fit. How can disabled people join a UK Health Club? Then came a problem. The barriers went up as soon as people with disabilities arrived at the...
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Will I lose my job if I have lost my vision?

With over 200 people being diagnosed every week with an eye condition in work which cannot be corrected by the wearing of glasses or contact lenses, there is a lot of people struggling to keep working. Many will even be in fear of their uncertain future and may not get the advice and support they...
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The Business Case for diversity within organisations – Let’s celebrate DIVERISTY

Diversity in the workplace is often considered in terms of age, gender, race, cultural background and so on. Yet is this also a limiting belief? To create a diverse working environment, it is not simply about hiring people who fit into different brackets of age, religion and nationality with an equal male to female ratio....
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Disability symbol of stick man in wheelchair. Symbol has other icons as part of the chair that represent other disabilities.

Is it time to change the disability symbol?

The stick figure in a wheelchair has become one of the most widely-used and instantly recognised disability access symbols in the world – but is it time for a new one? The debate begins…. Stereotypes are us Why go to the expense and bother of changing something that has been working perfectly well on almost...
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A blue eye of a young woman

Seeing Beyond The Eyes – CET Roadshow

Calling all Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians it’s time to focus-in on sight loss. Thomas Pocklington Trust are supporting entrepreneur Daniel Williams, Founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy and Dispensing Optician founder of Orbita Black Peter Black, to drive forward the message that no patient should be diagnosed with an eye condition and...
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Sight loss and mental health

When a person is diagnosed with an eye condition, or low vision, whether progressive or finite, it can be devastating. Yet it is vital to understand that grief, shock and acceptance are part of the sight loss pathway. What do I do now? It is not just about feeling overwhelmed and having to get used...
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eye clinic office with optician saying there is nothing more they can do

Out in the dark

After diagnosis of a serious eye condition or sight loss, whilst the initial shock and fear is one hurdle to overcome, you may have no clear vision of who you then turn to for help. A certificate of visual impairment is important, but will it provide you with the information about a wide range of...
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If you offer accessibility, tell us!

So often it is the negative stories we hear in the media about people with disabilities unable to access goods or services: a wheelchair-user facing a stepped entrance, a visually impaired person needing audio support or a deaf person needing visual support. How can you help me? Yet there are many forward-thinking, good suppliers and...
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