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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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Coming Out Blind

Come out blind. Begin to live again: with freedom, independence and laughing at real humour, not just at yourself
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Missed Appointments costing The NHS over £216m a year

Each missed appointment costs the NHS an average of £30. Therefore, the total annual cost to the NHS is over £216m which would fund the annual salaries of 2,325 full time GPs or 8,424 full time community nurses, it could pay for 224,640 cataract operations or 58,320 hip replacement operations as well as 216,000 drug...
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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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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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Visual Impairment Workplace Risk Assessment

For blind and partially sighted people at work, a risk assessment can make a difference in your approach to work and job satisfaction. It isn’t always essential, and you may not necessarily need any adjustments in your place of work. However, health and safety professionals, risk assessors and employers may be keen to avoid difficulties,...
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