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New e-book launched in Deafblind Awareness Week


A fantastic collection of stories about the experiences of those who are living with deafblindness has been launched in an e-book this week. The Local Authority Deafblind Workers Interest Group (LAWDIG) worked […]

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NHS Accessible Information Standards deadline approaches


Making health and social care information accessible By 31 July 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard. […]

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Macular Week 2016 – Get involved


Macular Week begins on June 27. It is all about increasing awareness of macular conditions, as well as highlighting the importance of research funding, which could eventually help to find a cure […]

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Make May Purple for Stroke


Make May Purple is the Stroke Association’s annual stroke awareness month, which takes place takes place every May. Friends, families and communities show their support for their loved ones who have been […]

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Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users


On the 5th April 2016 Facebook began automatically describing the content of photos to blind and visually impaired users. Called “automatic alternative text,” the feature was created by Facebook’s 5-year-old accessibility team. […]

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World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes


World Health Day 2016 is on the 7th April, and will focus on ways to halt the rise of diabetes worldwide. The main campaign goals are to increase awareness about the rise […]

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Disabled people ‘only an afterthought’, Lords report says


You may have seen this BBC news story on the report produced by the Select Committee on The Equality Act and Disability – in which Baroness Deech, who chaired the Lords committee […]

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Samsung wins RNIB’s Inclusive Society Award for its Accessible Smart TV range


Sight loss charity RNIB collaborated with the electronics giant to develop the Samsung Smart TV range….. Click here to read more >

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Technology failing to meet needs of older people with hearing and sight problems


A new study – Keeping in Touch with Technology? – was commissioned in 2014 by Sense to explore the experiences of older people using telecare and assistive technology. The Sense website states: […]

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