Royal Blind Blog

Read about the people that we support and the services that we provide on our blog. You can also find out about forthcoming events and ways to support us. 

Royal Blind scores talented new ICT manager

Royal Blind scores talented new ICT manager

Royal Blind has signed talented new head of ICT with more than two decades' experience – and a background as a professional footballer

Posted: 22/04/2016

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Causes of sight loss: Diabetic Retinopathy

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In the second of our series of blogs on the different causes of sight loss we explain Diabetic Retinopathy - vision loss as a consequence of diabetes. 

Posted: 11/04/2016

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Hay fever: Ten tips for protecting your eyes during the pollen season

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Spring has sprung and whilst that might mean warmer weather and longer evenings, it can also signal the start of the dreaded hay fever season. 

If you think you have eye allergies here are a few things you should know to help minimise symptoms. 

Posted: 06/04/2016

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Facebook: New 'automatic alt text' feature launched to describe photos to blind people

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Facebook has become more accessible to blind and visually impaired people with a new feature which uses artificial intelligence to describe images.

Posted: 05/04/2016

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How to use Twitter's new feature to make images more accessible for visually impaired people

How to use Twitter's new feature to make images more accessible for visually impaired people

Twitter is set to become more accessible for blind and visually impaired people with a useful new feature. 

The social networking company has added ‘alternative text' to photos, allowing users to add descriptions to non-text content like photos and diagrams in order to help visually impaired people to be involved in the post. 

Posted: 31/03/2016

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New rights for children with additional support needs: The Education (Scotland) Act 2016

New rights for children with additional support needs: The Education (Scotland) Act 2016

Children with additional support needs have been granted further rights in a new law brought in by the Scottish Government. 

Posted: 30/03/2016 | Education

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Into the wild: Sue Reid Sexton on writing, facing fear and how she turned her campervan into a mobile office

Into the wild: Sue Reid Sexton on writing, facing fear and how she turned her campervan into a mobile office

Intrepid author Sue Reid Sexton is hoping to encourage others to connect with nature and with themselves through adventures in the wilderness by sharing the story of her love affair with campervans in a new book, Writing on the Road, Campervan Love and the Joy of Solitude, available from the Scottish Braille Press on April 7.

Posted: 29/03/2016

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National Glaucoma Awareness Week: What is glaucoma and how is it treated?

National Glaucoma Awareness Week: What is glaucoma and how is it treated?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of conditions which damage the optic nerve. The eyeball contains a fluid called aqueous humour which is constantly produced by the eye, with any excess drained though tubes.

Posted: 10/03/2016 | Care for Older People

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Strike a pose! Students get snap-happy during selfie session with Leith Academy visitors

Strike a pose! Students get snap-happy during selfie session with Leith Academy visitors

Last month, pupils in Royal Blind School classes 7 and 8 snapped selfies with visitors from Leith Academy to help raise awareness of visual impairment. The students and staff recorded the day and wrote the following blog entry.

Posted: 08/03/2016 | Education

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Interview with author Alex Gray: 'Literacy should be accessible for everyone'

Interview with author Alex Gray: 'Literacy should be accessible for everyone'

An award-winning crime writer has spoken about the importance of making literature accessible for all – after being shocked to learn that just 5% of books are translated into Braille.

Posted: 03/03/2016

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