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A team of researchers is developing an implantable bionic chip, especially designed to return sight to victims of retinal degenerative diseases

A team of researchers is developing an implantable bionic chip, especially designed to return sight to victims of retinal degenerative diseases

Chris Shaw of www.newelectronics.co.uk reports that CSEM, an R&D centre specialising in micro and nanotechnology, is collaborating with medical research Nano-Retina on an ultra small, high resolution and easy to implant artificial retina. According to the researchers, the bionic retina incorporates a range of nano size components in one tiny implant that compensates for the damaged tissue without the need to operate.

Posted: 09/02/2011

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Crush help to fundraise for Royal Blind

Crush help to fundraise for Royal Blind

A combined effort of successful fundraising was seen between the Royal Blind and Crush last week. The ‘Kicks for Kids’ fundraising event took place at the Hibernian Football Club , which has played a significant role in local communities; from establishing a disability football team to providing educational support in their Learning Centre. Like all charities, Royal Blind rely on the support of individuals and companies, such as Crush, who can dedicate both time and money to the cause.

Posted: 12/02/2011

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Visually impaired residents enjoy listening to their favourite melodies with singer Rose McBeth

Visually impaired residents enjoy listening to their favourite melodies with singer Rose McBeth

Residents, staff and family gathered together today at Braeside House to watch a performance by singer Rose McBeth. During the performance the audience sang along to some of their favourite melodies ranging from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Petula Clark and Vera Lynn. Commenting on the performance, Rose said: "I try to mix and match the songs as much as possible so that everyone enjoys the performance. It's a pleasure to visit Braeside House and a joy when residents sing a long.

Posted: 17/02/2011

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Review launched for children & young people with additional support needs

Review launched for children & young people with additional support needs

The Doran Review website and Peter Doran's blog have now gone live. Every child has the right to become a successful learner, confident individual, effective contributor and responsible citizen - wherever their learning is taking place. Some face barriers to learning and need additional support to enable them to make the most of their educational opportunities and to realise their potential.

Posted: 24/02/2011

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Royal Blind School celebrates exam success

Royal Blind School celebrates exam success

Students at The Royal Blind School are benefiting from innovative online programmes for Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Highers that help students with visual impairments. The SCHOLAR programme, developed by Heriot-Watt University, has already helped 16-year-old Saad achieve A-grades in his Intermediate maths exam. The Royal Blind School pupil is now pursuing Higher maths and physics with the help of SCHOLAR’s materials, a unique resource available to all Scottish students.

Posted: 01/03/2011

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It's Fiesta time for Royal Blind School pupils

It's Fiesta time for Royal Blind School pupils

Talented children from six special schools sang, danced and played at a musical fiesta as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Music and Speech. The annual event, which included pupils from Edinburgh's world-renowned Royal Blind School with pupils from Saltersgate, Oaklands, St Crispin's, Prospect Bank and Braidburn Primary schools, is now in its sixth year and continues to go from strength to strength.

Posted: 02/03/2011

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We're in the news - STV reports on musical fiesta

We're in the news - STV reports on musical fiesta

Our news story on talented children from six special schools who sang, danced and played at a musical fiesta as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Music and Speech yesterday has made the news. The annual event, which included pupils from Edinburgh's world-renowned Royal Blind School with pupils from Saltersgate, Oaklands, St Crispin's, Prospect Bank and Braidburn Primary schools, is now in its sixth year and continues to go from strength to strength.

Posted: 03/03/2011

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Friday 18 March is Red Nose Day at The Royal Blind School

Friday 18 March is Red Nose Day at The Royal Blind School

Pupils from our Canaan Lane campus of The Royal Blind School will be holding a pirate themed day on Friday 18th March 2011 to raise money for Comic Relief. Our pupils will be taking part in a range of fun activities including a treasure hunt and pirate games galore. Taking part in Comic Relief supports part of the Curriculum for Excellence and helps to develop our students as Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

Posted: 11/03/2011

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A few remaining tables for Celebrity Try and Score 2011 with sporting legends Saint and Greavsie

A few remaining tables for Celebrity Try and Score 2011 with sporting legends Saint and Greavsie

This will be the fourth year for this extremely successful fundraising event which is the perfect setting for entertainment on a fun and very engaging level. Tables of ten cost £799 inclusive of VAT or £80pp. This year the event will be taking place on 19th May 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh and sporting legends Saint and Greavsie will be providing the evening entertainment. Hosted by Scott Wilson, Try and Score will follow the same format as previous years.

Posted: 12/03/2011

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Interested in a round of golf with a sporting legend?

Interested in a round of golf with a sporting legend?

Royal Blind’s Try & Score Celebrity Golf Day 2011 is being held at the Championship Course at Dalmahoy on the 25th August. 18 teams of 3 will be competing, each then made up to a four ball with a football or rugby legend. Sporting names last year included George Burley, Andy Nicol, Jim Renwick, Scott Hastings, Gordon Smith and John Robertson. The day will commence with coffee and bacon rolls served from 9:30am in the East Room.

Posted: 14/03/2011

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