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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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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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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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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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My Christmas Wish for an Accessible Railway Network

Dear Santa, My name is Daniel Williams, Founder of Visualise Training and Consultancy, my Christmas wish is to make the UK railway inclusive for all. We are here 2017, in the era of electrification and train design, but have we come very far as regards to rail travel for passengers with disabilities?  If you are...
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Customer Experience with Digital Accessibility

Introduction In January 2017 Dig Inclusion and Visualise training and consultancy launched a survey to understand the experiences people with disabilities have with digital content to determine how satisfied they are with digital accessibility provided by organisations. Respondents The survey had a total of 18 questions and was open for 10 weeks. We had 27...
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A blind users view on website accessibility

Website accessibility is very important to me, as I pretty much do everything online, and when a site is not accessible with my assistive technology this not only irritates me, but effectively bars me from using certain companies or services. The worst cases are when a website is inaccessible and there is a booking or...
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Guest Blog – Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability

Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability As a screen reader user, having access to websites that cater for visually impaired users/customers is important. Why? There are several reasons; firstly, there are many types of visual impairment and the type of visual impairment can affect the way someone views a website.   Someone may have some useful...
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Guest Blog – ‘Are you alright dear?’

‘Are you alright dear?’ One wheelchair user’s experience of customer service As a wheelchair-user, running my own successful company and with a hectic daily schedule, my frustration with the way I’m often treated when I independently do my weekly shopping has compelled me to write about disability awareness in the world of high street retail....
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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 […]
    Phil Roberts
  • 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.
    Daniel