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Celebrating 125 years of the Scottish Braille Press

Celebrating 125 years of the Scottish Braille Press

An exhibition, which describes the development of Braille and celebrates 125 years of The Scottish Braille Press, will launch next month at Central Library, Edinburgh.

Our story begins in France, and a chance meeting on the streets of Paris in 1874 provides Valentine Hauy the inspiration to devise a tactile system of printing embossed books for blind and partially sighted people.

Posted: 28/09/2016

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Brand new SMART Platform gives Royal Blind School students power to navigate independently

Holly using the SMART Platform

Students with visual impairments and complex needs can more easily navigate the Royal Blind School independently after funders contribute towards a new state-of-the art SMART Platform.

Posted: 26/09/2016 | Education

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Harry Lovett wins bronze at national judo competition

Harry Lovett wins bronze at national judo competition

Congratulations to Royal Blind School student, Harry Lovett, who has been awarded a bronze medal at a national Judo competition.

Posted: 30/08/2016 | Education

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Blind people offered 50% discount on TV Licence fee

TV Licence to offer 50% discount for blind people

Blind and visually impaired people can benefit for a 50% reduction on their TV licence fee. 

Posted: 23/08/2016

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Moving on up! Braeside House Manager, Morag Francis, promoted to Older People Services Manager

Morag, Braeside House manager

Congratulations to Braeside House Manager, Morag Francis, who has been promoted to a brand new role within Royal Blind.

Posted: 17/08/2016 | Care for Older People

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Braeside House residents visit Rosslyn Chapel

Braeside House residents at Rosslyn Chapel

Braeside House residents enjoyed a day out to the beautiful Rosslyn Chapel.

Posted: 08/08/2016 | Care for Older People

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'They called me Joe 90': Scottish Braille Press employee Jim McCafferty on trialling a futuristic navigation gadget in the 1970s

Jim wearing the Sonicguide in 1971

In a world of self-parking cars, augmented reality games and voice-controlled mobile phones, advances in technology are becoming ever more futuristic.

But in 1971 when Scottish Braille Press worker, Jim McCafferty, was asked to trial a new gadget to help blind people navigate using sound, his friends found the device so space-age they nicknamed him ‘Joe 90’.

Posted: 01/08/2016

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Student travels from Germany to Scotland to volunteer at 'amazing' Kidscene club

Savannah Seidl

Student Savannah Seidl has reflected on her time volunteering at Royal Blind’s holiday club, Kidscene. 

Posted: 27/07/2016 | Child Care

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Game, set and match! Braeside House residents battle it out in Wimbledon quiz

Game, set and match! Braeside House residents battle it out in Wimbledon quiz

Residents of Braeside House took part in a tennis quiz today to mark the start of this summer's Wimbledon Championships. 

Posted: 30/06/2016 | Care for Older People

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Royal Blind teams up with Knops Beer for Celebrity Golf Day

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Royal Blind’s eighth annual Celebrity Golf Day will see Royal Blind team up with a new drinks sponsor, Knops Beer.

Posted: 28/06/2016

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