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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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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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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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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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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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My New Guide Dog

I am writing a blog to highlight the ‘highs’ and hopefully not too many ‘lows’ of my experience having a guide dog. My first 14 days How excited am I! I have never owned a pet dog, let alone a guide dog, and having been on the list waiting for a suitable guide dog for...
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Disabled Access Day

Disability access has recently been starting to receive the media coverage it deserves, and disabled access day is a great opportunity to open up the discussion around definitions of disability. It raises the fundamental question of whether we really are disabled, or whether we live in a society that disables us by choosing not to...
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Don’t be shy online, 285 million customers waiting to buy!

It’s Christmas time. I am excited. I have list of items and money to spend, burning a hole in my pocket. My family and friends are going to be so excited and proud when I surprise them with unexpected gifts. I fire up my laptop and start shopping. I manage to find the website for...
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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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  • 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