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Demand for better health communication for blind

Demand for better health communication for blind

The Scotsman (30 Sept) reports that communication between blind people and health services has to improve following the release of a damning charity survey. The Scottish study found that only one in ten blind or partially sighted people receive crucial information in a format they can understand. Remember in Scotland The Scottish Braille Press is the leading provider of high quality alternative formats such as Braille, Large Print and Audio.

Posted: 01/10/2010

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Take part in the very first Glow in the Park sponsored walk

Take part in the very first Glow in the Park sponsored walk

A lot can be achieved in one hour and for Light Relief Week 2010 (30th October - 5 November) we are asking families to use the hour gained when the clocks go back to light up the lives of many who live in the dark. To celebrate the launch of week we are organising the very first Glow in the Park children's sponsored walk around Edinburgh city's West Princes Street Gardens. The event will take place on Saturday, 30 October we are looking for children to take part.

Posted: 01/10/2010

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Russell backs more support for blind and partially sighted workers

Russell backs more support for blind and partially sighted workers

Fiona Macleod of the Scotsman today reports that blind and partially-sighted people are 15 times more likely to be unemployed, according to research. A new document created by Skills Development Scotland aims to convince employers to take on more people with vision disabilities. Template for Success identifies the challenges and barriers the group faces when moving into employment. Education secretary Michael Russell backed the document saying partially-sighted and blind people faced some of the greatest challenges in work.

Posted: 05/10/2010

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OFCOM announces that services for disabled customers need to be publicised more

OFCOM announces that services for disabled customers need to be publicised more

New Ofcom research has revealed that communications providers need to do more to publicise services that are available for disabled customers. Mystery shopping was conducted by Ofcom to see what advice prospective customers were given about these services by BT, Orange, O2, TalkTalk, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, Vodafone and 3. As part of their wider duty to further the interests of citizens and of consumers, Ofcom has a specific duty to take into consideration the needs of customers with disabilities.

Posted: 06/10/2010

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CHECK US OUT on ebay for Light Relief Week 2010

CHECK US OUT on ebay for Light Relief Week 2010

It is a real privilege to have been selected by ebay to be their check out charity for Light Relief Week. For this week only buyers will be asked if they would like to donate £1 or more to Royal Blind to support our charity. This feature is part of their ebay for charity programme which provides an easy way for buyers and seller to support us. Buyers can choose to either shop for items that support Royal Blind or donate to us when they buy an item on the site.

Posted: 13/10/2010

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@eBayforCharity @ebayfans @ebaygiving @ebay_uk we're on the checkout tweeps!

@eBayforCharity @ebayfans @ebaygiving @ebay_uk we're on the checkout tweeps!

It is a real privilege to have been selected to be the ebay checkout charity this week. Until Monday 1st November ebay buyers will be asked if they would like to donate £1 or more to Royal Blind to support our charity. We also have a fantastic ebay celebrity auction starting on 29 October. Visit http://ow.ly/30qa9 to see items which have been donated in support of Royal Blind and our Light Relief Week.

Posted: 27/10/2010

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How deep is your love.... for a signed Barry Gibb Guitar. ebay auction live

How deep is your love.... for a signed Barry Gibb Guitar. ebay auction live

The Bee Gees are one of the most successful pop groups of all time. The trio got their start in Australia, and then found their major success when they returned to England. As a member of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb sang and played the guitar along with his twin brothers Maurice and Robin, and divine divas such as Barbra Streisand and Olivia Newton-John. You have a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on a truly unique auction prize – a signed Barry Gibb guitar which comes complete with a case which still has his BA Executive club card attached!

Posted: 02/11/2010

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Ian Rankin Launches Exhibition by Visually Impaired Students

Ian Rankin Launches Exhibition by Visually Impaired Students

Sat 6 Nov - Sat 4 Dec, Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm, Free

The Varona and The Seagull

Posted: 05/11/2010

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Microsoft Touchscreen Technology Could Bring Braille to Mobile Devices

Microsoft Touchscreen Technology Could Bring Braille to Mobile Devices

Phone Review has reported that ‘when it comes to touch screen technology it excites us when a new patent has been put forward, and that is exactly what Microsoft has done. If accepted this could bring Braille to touch screen mobile devices.’ Microsoft’s new patent according to New Scientist reports that this new technology uses pixel-sized shape-memory plastic cells that can be brought to the surface on the touch screen individually.

Posted: 30/11/2010

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Scottish Parliament S3M-7607 Nanette Milne: Royal Blind, National Braille Week 2011

Scottish Parliament S3M-7607 Nanette Milne: Royal Blind, National Braille Week 2011

In The Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin today it is announced that the Parliament celebrates National Braille Week 2011, which takes place from 4 to 10 January; congratulates Royal Blind on its National Braille Week art exhibition, being held at the Royal Bank of Scotland branch at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, which showcases visually impaired artists’ work and celebrates the importance of Braille; considers that blind and visually impaired people play an active and important role in society and contribute positively in all walks of life; further considers that the ability to

Posted: 15/01/2011

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