Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane

Edinburgh

EH10 4SG

Tel: 0131 446 3120

Fax: 0131 447 9266

office@royalblindschool.org.uk

 

 

Press Releases - Royal Blind School

Find out more about our work and latest news by reading our latest press releases. 

For media enquiries contact:

Davina Shiell, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Royal Blind

Tel: 0131 229 1456
Mobile: 07713 987 7970

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Royal Blind to support children with visual impairment in Midlothian Council area

Hawys Kilday, Director of Service at Royal Blind

Press Release | 23/06/2020

Royal Blind has been awarded the contract to provide support for Midlothian Council’s visual impairment education service from August.

Pupils with visual impairment at both Primary and High schools in Midlothian will benefit from this service.

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Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray back braille book giveaway

Press Release

Two of Scotland's most popular crime writers are supporting Royal Blind’s move to give away 50 free braille books during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ian Rankin and Alex Gray are among the authors whose novels are available in braille as part of the giveaway.

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Devices 'open the world up' for pupils learning during lockdown

Devices 'open the world up' for pupils learning during lockdown

Press Release | 10/04/2020

Children with visual impairments are ‘accessing the world’ with special braille devices as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

The BrailleNote Touch devices are being used by several Royal Blind School pupils to continue their learning while at home.

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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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Dancing on Ice Star and past Royal Blind pupil Libby Clegg talks about her latest challenge

Dancing on Ice Star and past Royal Blind pupil Libby Clegg talks about her latest challenge

Press Release

New star of Dancing on Ice and former Royal Blind School pupil, Libby Clegg, has spoken to the Sunday Post about her time at the school.

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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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Royal Blind pupils visit Lady Haig's Poppy Factory

Pupil Aiden making a poppy. Picture courtesty Royal Regiment of Scotland

Press Release | 07/11/2019

Royal Blind pupils try their hand at making poppies at Edinburgh’s Poppy Factory.

Four pupils from the Royal Blind School visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh.  Bo, Rebeka, Jay and Aiden were given a tour of the factory and met several of the ex-servicemen and women who live there.

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Royal Blind to provide vision impairment education support services in Orkney.

Royal Blind to provide vision impairment education support services in Orkney.

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The Royal Blind School has been awarded the contract to deliver Orkney Islands Council’s vision impairment education service for the next year.

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