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I’d never have guessed… you really don’t look blind!

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.
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Things Not To Say to a Guide Dog Owner…

Does your dog know when the man is green on the crossing?! Will it take you to the pub if you tell it to?! What a lovely blind dog you have there! You don't look blind! Enjoy these and many other hilarious comments that Guide Dog owners regularly hear!
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Eye Care and The Equality Act

Are your eye care services embracing The Equality Act? Are you doing everything you can to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access to your eye care services as people without disabilities?  What are your legal – not to mention moral – responsibilities when it comes to ensuring equality of access? Equality legislation...
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Losing my vision but not my job

This case study demonstrates the importance of why people require a workplace assessment in a timely manner to ensure they remain in employment with the correct equipment, technology and support. Sight loss should not equal job loss.
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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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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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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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Communication in the Workplace around Disability

As an employee, having a disability may feel intimidating or lower your confidence, creating a barrier to independence whilst at work. As an employer, it can also present tension and discomfort if you do not know how to communicate with someone with a disability. Yet effective communication is the cornerstone to success in any working...
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Where am I in the Media, Fashion and TV Industries?

  Where am I?  The depiction of disability in the media plays a major part in shaping public perception. People are directly influenced by the portrayal of these perceptions. The media has immense power to reinforce negative images and stereotypes or to radiate positive and empowering beliefs. Yet where am I? People like me Despite...
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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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  • 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
  • Can Do Cafe – ideas please… 18/10/2019
    I’m cooking up an idea to open a fully accessible café in Cardiff run by blind and visually impaired people and need your input to design a recipe for success! So, make a cuppa, listen to the podcast by clicking on it below and email me your ideas and suggestions at daniel@visualisetrainingandconsultancy.co.uk #CanDoCafe 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
  • Dave Steele, The Blind Poet 22/07/2019
    Huge thanks to Dave Steele, The Blind Poet, for this inspiring poem – great to know we’ve helped you on your journey Dave. Click below to watch and follow Dave on Twitter @BlindPoetRP Visualise Close your eyes and visualise you could walk within my shoes Despite fading sight that you still might get to live […]
    Daniel
  • Nystagmus Awareness Day 20th June 29/05/2019
    In order to achieve one of its charitable objectives, to raise awareness of nystagmus and thereby make life for those living with the condition just that little bit easier, the Nystagmus Network hosts an annual national and international Nystagmus Awareness Day on 20 JUNE. The post Nystagmus Awareness Day 20th June appeared first on Visualise […]
    Daniel