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Are Blind Students Being Supported Correctly at University?

Joanne’s Experience as a Blind Student I am registered blind and require additional support to carry out my studies. When I began at university, I was contacted by a disability advisor and received a needs assessment. This was to discuss all the additional support I would require during my studies. For example, I require a...
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Opticians Armed with Knowledge to Empower Patients with Sight Loss

Following the success of the Seeing Beyond the Eyes CET roadshow which brings the optical and sight loss sectors together for the benefit of patients with low vision, Visualise Training and Consultancy, with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust, has launched a Resource Pack for Professionals which enables opticians to easily locate and refer patients...
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Disempowered at The Eye Clinic

BJ Edwards shares his experience of accessing eye care in the 21st century. I have always received excellent medical care. As a patient who has endured a number of operations, prolonged stays at the hospital and numerous outpatient appointments, I have observed some excellent practise. Sadly, I have also observed some less than excellent practise...
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Good Practice for Accessible Communications

If your organisation isn’t currently providing accessible formats of your print communications, here’s some advice on how you can approach the new service with confidence and with your individual customers in mind. Be customer-focused If the document is for a specific individual, feel free to check if they have specific requirements or requests. For example,...
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Supporting Low Vision Patients Who Can No Longer Drive

For many of us, learning to drive is one of life’s rites of passage. It represents a stepping-stone into adulthood, and a passport to independence we all too quickly take for granted. How it might feel to have that autonomy taken away from us is something to which we barely give a thought; yet for...
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My Guide Dog in his Shining Armour

Barking Mad  Owning a guide dog can be an empowering, life-changing experience and one that brings many rewards. But it is not always about straight walking. It can, on occasions, be a tasty bone of contention. When you walk into a store, your faithful pooch trotting happily by your side, things can go surprisingly quiet....
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Short Sighted Eye Testing by BJ Edwards

More than just a pair of eyes Let us start with a dose of philosophy in order to set the scene. What am I? Yes, it’s a tough question, and a classic, a question you wouldn’t expect to find in an article about eyesight, but nevertheless, it is a necessary and valuable starting point, because...
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Visiting the Opticians Through My Lens

From Optometrist to patient, Sandra highlights her experience of accessing the eye care pathway 2 years on and some 30 Eye Clinic visits later I am starting to feel it is time to accept and hopefully adapt to my wavy world and get on with life. I don’t like to think about the hours my...
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The Importance of Workplace Disability Awareness Training  

Over seven million people of working age in the UK have a disability, and employment opportunities for this huge cohort are still woefully inadequate.   For many people with disabilities however, finding employment that matches their skills and experience is often not the end of discriminatory employment practice, but the beginning.   Disability discrimination   Many people with disabilities report feeling marginalised within the workplace not only by managerial...
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Tea and Empathy at the Eye Clinic please…

Look Straight Ahead By BJ Edwards www.bjedwards.co.uk “Open as wide as you can for me…” the doctor says from the other side of the white light. “Look straight ahead… that’s it, nice and wide and straight ahead.” With warm and capable fingers, he raises my eyelid higher, and I grip the handles of the frame...
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  • Dealing with Sight Loss: Being Blind in Business 10/02/2020
    A disability doesn’t define someone, nor does it equal inability. Whilst it’s important to understand the unique circumstances people may have, often I’ve found it can become all-encompassing to that individual. The post Dealing with Sight Loss: Being Blind in Business appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • Supporting Employees with Visual Impairments 22/01/2020
    This article focuses on employees with visual impairments and how organisations can support them to maximise their potential. The post Supporting Employees with Visual Impairments appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • Are UK Trains Accessible to Passengers with disabilities? 05/12/2019
    If you are a person living with a disability, it’s frustrating that you cannot just turn up at the station, get on a train and travel wherever you want to go to the same as everyone else, due to the fact that you need to book assistance at least 24 hours in advance. How many […]
    Daniel
  • Croydon Vision Talking Newspaper Interview 21/10/2019
    Following Dan's talk at the Croydon Vision AGM about the challenges of growing up with sight loss and how they spurred him on to make a difference to other people living with visual impairments, here's a follow up chat with Danielle, one of the charity's volunteers who helps to produce their talking newspaper The post […]
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  • Life Beyond the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) Scan 16/08/2019
    You happily go along to the optometrist, feeling good about life. Then comes the bolt out of the blue when the OCT scan reveals a problem. You need to be referred to an ophthalmologist. The post Life Beyond the OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) Scan appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • I’d never have guessed… you really don’t look blind! 16/08/2019
    Lots of people, including those who have been blind since childhood, haven’t the foggiest what being blind is supposed to look like so comments like ‘You don’t look blind’ can be somewhat baffling. The post I’d never have guessed… you really don’t look blind! appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • Fancy a REAL Blind Date? 15/08/2019
    If you’re going to accept an invitation for a date from someone who has appalling sight like me, don’t be fooled. It’s no good thinking you may as well turn up wearing your old gardening clobber and save yourself a bit of time; if your date is blind, what the heck will it matter what […]
    Phil Roberts
  • Supporting Older People with Sight Loss in Residential Care 14/08/2019
    Only 5% of people who are registered blind see nothing at all so learn to recognise the signs of sight loss as it is more common than you may think and can be easily missed. The post Supporting Older People with Sight Loss in Residential Care appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • Look on the Bright Side of Being Registered Blind! 07/08/2019
    To be registered severely sight impaired (blind) you don’t need to have complete sight loss, you just need to meet certain criteria. The post Look on the Bright Side of Being Registered Blind! appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
    Daniel
  • Coming Out Blind 26/07/2019
    Come out blind. Begin to live again: with freedom, independence and laughing at real humour, not just at yourself The post Coming Out Blind appeared first on Visualise Training and Consultancy.
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