Campaign Press

Charity calls for action to support record number of pupils with visual impairment

A pupil at the Royal Blind School typing on a braille keyboard.

Press Release | 31/03/2020

New figures published by the Scottish Government show the numbers of pupils with vision impairment in Scotland’s schools has more than doubled over the last ten years, leading to a call from Scotland’s largest visual impairment charity for increased specialist support. Royal Blind is calling on local authorities and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to improve support for blind and partially sighted pupils. 
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Charity concern over rising attainment gap for blind and partially sighted pupils

Pupil and teacher in a classroom at the Royal Blind School

Press Release | 25/02/2020

Today Royal Blind has raised concerns over new figures which show a widening gap for pupils with visual impairment progressing to positive destinations compared to pupils without additional support needs.  The Scottish Government’s new figures on leaver destinations published today show that there has been a decrease in the number of pupils with visual impairment who progress to higher education, training or employment. 

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Charities call for urgent action in budget for disabled pupils

Picture a pupil at the Royal Blind School using a Braille keyboard

Press Release | 04/02/2020

A call for urgent action in the Scottish Government’s budget to provide better support for disabled pupils has been made by charities working with pupils with additional support needs. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, the National Deaf Children’s Society, the National Autistic Society Scotland, and Royal Blind are campaigning for improved access to specialist support.

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New study finds people left to cope alone with emotional impact of sight loss

Picture of Kirin Saeed

Press Release | 22/12/2019

The mental health problems that arise from sight loss are too often sidelined, leaving people to cope with depression and anxiety on their own according to a major new study published today. Sight loss can have a significant emotional and psychological impact on people’s lives, with fear, isolation, loss of self-esteem and depression having an impact. 

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Call for action as people with sight loss miss out on Self-directed Support

A resident and carer choosing fruit from a plate

Press Release | 07/11/2019

Research by Scotland’s biggest sight loss charity Royal Blind has revealed low awareness among blind and partially sighted people of the Scottish Government’s flagship social care policy.

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Minister visits pioneering dementia and sight loss project at Paisley care home

The Minister and a resident having a chat on the sofa

Press Release | 10/07/2019

The Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey MSP, visited a pioneering project on Tuesday researching care provided for people with dementia and sight loss.

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Sight loss charity raises concerns over treatment waiting times

Person undergoing an eye test.

Press Release | 27/06/2019

Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity is urging the Scottish Government to take action to ensure all patients in Scotland seeking treatment for eye conditions are seen within national waiting time guidelines.

 

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New project to focus on care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss

New project to focus on care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss

Press Release | 03/04/2019

 

On Wednesday 3rd April, a new project was launched to support care for over 12,500 Scots with dementia and sight loss.  

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Minister meets disabled workers celebrating Scottish Braille Press success

Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn views an audio booth

Press Release | 27/02/2019

On Tuesday 26 February, employees at the Scottish Braille Press met with Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills to discuss how disabled workers are benefiting from the expansion of the successful social enterprise. Over the last ten years the business has tripled its turnover to over £3 million, and after moving to larger new premises in Edinburgh last year has been able to increase its staff.

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Charities combine to combat sight and hearing loss

Scottish War Blinded Member Isa Scott with the new sight and hearing loss guide.

Press Release | 08/01/2019

Three of Scotland’s leading charities have combined forces to raise awareness among Scotland’s veterans of the need to act swiftly if they are having problems with their hearing or vision. Scotland's Veterans Commissioner has welcomed the collaboration by Scottish War Blinded, Age Scotland and Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, who have jointly called for action to raise awareness among veterans of the risks of losing their sight or hearing.

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