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Download Fundraising with an adrenalin kick.   (5.79 MB)

Fundraising with an adrenalin kick.

Mark Baxter likes to push himself to the limit, when it comes to ideas for fund raising. Allan Russell spoke to Mark to find out what challenges he's undertaken and for which charities.

Download Research into independent travel safety.   (7.13 MB)

Research into independent travel safety.

Ross Harper is carrying out research into the safe, or unsafe, travel experiences of blind and partially sighted people. He's looking for visually impaired people to get in touch with their experiences. Allan Russell spoke to Ross Harper.

Download Become a high street hero.   (5.69 MB)

Become a high street hero.

The charity Guide Dogs is looking for your help to make access refusals, at places like cafes and bars, a thing of the past for assistance dogs and their owners. Allan Russell spoke to Ellen Buckerfield to find out more.

Download RNIB Scotland making bus travel easier.   (5.83 MB)

RNIB Scotland making bus travel easier.

The Swap With Me project aims to bring bus operators and visually impaired customers together, to make the travel experience easier and more relaxed. Allan Russell spoke to Cate Vallis, from RNIB Scotland, and Ian Bell, from Stagecoach, to find out more.

Download RNIB Campaigns team update.   (6.77 MB)

RNIB Campaigns team update.

Each month we look at the big campaigns, undertaken by RNIB, and find out how you can get involved. Everything from accessible voting to pavement parking. Allan Russell spoke to Jessica Hall to find out more.

Download Pavement parking can be dangerous.   (6.11 MB)

Pavement parking can be dangerous.

The charity Guide Dogs are one of many organisations campaigning to improve the laws around vehicles parking on pavements. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Theobald from Guide Dogs to learn more about the campaign.

Download New device for visually impaired people.   (12.28 MB)

New device for visually impaired people.

The OrCam system uses a camera, mounted on glasses, to read print, building or street signs and even recognise faces. The device has been much improved over the last couple of years and Allan Russell spoke to Mark Swain, from the company.

Download   European Parliament Ratifys Marrakesh Treaty.   (14.63 MB)

European Parliament Ratifys Marrakesh Treaty.

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the Marrakesh Treaty. This will allow accessible book formats to be shared without a financial, copyright, penalty. Allan Russell found out more...

Download Help design a mobility aid.   (8.29 MB)

Help design a mobility aid.

John Wise is a student at the Glasgow School of Art and for his final year project, he's asking blind and partially sighted people to help him design a piece of mobility technology for outdoors. Allan Russell spoke to John to find out more...

Download Health information becoming more accessible.   (4.43 MB)

Health information becoming more accessible.

If you live in England, accessing all kinds of information on health and appointments is now easier. The accessible Information Standard is being rolled out across the country. RNIB Connect Radio's Iain Wilson spoke to Dr Anne MacKie, to find out more.

Download Tech company makes life easier.   (10.37 MB)

Tech company makes life easier.

Gavin Neate founded NeateBox to create apps that can help people with disabilities, in their everyday lives. The company has gone from strength to strength, launching new products and scooping awards. Allan Russell spoke to Gavin to find out more.

Download Self-defence for visually impaired people.   (7.74 MB)

Self-defence for visually impaired people.

David Black isn't just the cook at the Fort Valley Sensory Centre, he's also a teacher of self-defence. That's all the more remarkable when you learn that he's completely blind. Allan Russell spoke to David to find out more.

Download RNIB monthly campaigns update.   (6.71 MB)

RNIB monthly campaigns update.

Each month Jessica Hall joins us to look at some of the charity's big campaigns news and events. Allan Russell spoke to Jess to find out what this month's challenges are and how you can get involved.

Download   RNIB volunteer nominated for tech award.   (5.73 MB)

RNIB volunteer nominated for tech award.

Christine Dodds is a volunteer for RNIB, delivering training to visually impaired people to help them use smart technology. Allan Russell spoke to Christine, to learn about her work and to find out how you can vote for her.

Download More audio described theatre shows on tour.   (7.04 MB)

More audio described theatre shows on tour.

Each month, Anne Hornsby from Mind's Eye Arts, joins us for a look at some forthcoming theatre shows with Audio Description (AD) Allan Russell spoke to Ann to find out what's taking to the road.

Download Sight loss charity opens up the cinema.   (6.68 MB)

Sight loss charity opens up the cinema.

RNIB are looking for blind movie lovers, to trial a new way of delivering Audio Description (AD) in cinemas. The system uses your smart phone or tablet to deliver the commentary. Allan Russell spoke to Sonali Rai, from RNIB, to find out more.

Download Sight Village 2017.   (5.48 MB)

Sight Village 2017.

Europe's largest exhibition and conference for visually impaired people is coming to Birmingham on the 18 and 19 July. Allan Russell spoke to Karen Easthope, from Queen Alexandra College, to find out more...

Download International arts event gets AD touch.   (7.28 MB)

International arts event gets AD touch.

The British Council will have another top attraction at this year's Venice Biennale. This year's world renowned arts event will also provide audio description, at the British Pavilion, created by Vocaleyes. Allan Russell spoke to Emma & Toby.

Download Visually impaired comic gets ready for Edinburgh.   (8.05 MB)

Visually impaired comic gets ready for Edinburgh.

Tom Skelton thought his career as a live comic was over when he began to lose his sight. Allan Russell spoke to Tom to learn more about his story and his appearance at the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival 2017.

Download Eye checks can save your driving licence.   (10.16 MB)

Eye checks can save your driving licence.

We should all have our eyes checked, at least once every 2 years, and spotting early signs of sight loss could save drivers from losing their licence. Allan Russell spoke to Fiona Powell from RNIB to find out more.

Download 10 year old's 100 day challenge.   (5.97 MB)

10 year old's 100 day challenge.

Hester Poole is a budding Paralympic Skier who, at the age of 10, is already winning downhill competitions. She is undertaking the 100 sports in 100 days challenge to raise funds for her ski team. Allan Russell spoke to Hester to find out more.

Download   Valerie's sight loss journey.   (11.04 MB)

Valerie's sight loss journey.

Valerie DeRetuerto has always had poor eye sight, but with help from her family, RNIB and talking books, she now has a more positive attitude to life. Allan Russell spoke to Valerie to learn more....

Download   CNIB help for visually impaired entrepreneurs.   (8.77 MB)

CNIB help for visually impaired entrepreneurs.

The CNIB, Canada's largest sight loss charity, is re inventing the office for it's new development in Toronto and there's help for budding entrepreneurs too. Allan Russell spoke to CEO John Rafferty, to learn more about the site and business support.

Download   Talking book scoops international award.   (8.93 MB)

Talking book scoops international award.

RNIB Cymru are celebrating success at the New York Radio Festival Awards. The Welsh language version of Gangsta Granny picked up a bronze statue. Allan Russell and Lynne Morgan found out more...

Download Sight loss charity takes bus operator to task.   (9.71 MB)

Sight loss charity takes bus operator to task.

U.S. based National Federation of the Blind is taking bus operator Greyhound to court. that due to the company's website and app being inaccessible for visually impaired people, they are paying more to travel. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Danielsen.

Download RNIB Ambassadors hit Glastonbury.   (6.49 MB)

RNIB Ambassadors hit Glastonbury.

It's one of the UK's biggest music festivals with acts from around the globe putting on thousands of performances to massive crowds. Allan Russell spoke to some of the RNIB Ambassadors.

Download   RNIB assist with accessible websites.   (6.58 MB)

RNIB assist with accessible websites.

Financial product company Capital One have worked hard to make their website accessible for visually impaired people. Allan Russell spoke to Lucy Hague, from Capital One, to find out what help they recieved from RNIB to do this...

Download   Minister visits Brussels for 3RD Sector.   (6.64 MB)

Minister visits Brussels for 3RD Sector.

The Scottish Social Security Minister visited Brussels to voice concern, that a hard Brexit could be detrimental for disabled people in the UK. George Von Harriche spoke to her at the European Parliament.

Download   Tackling disabled hate crime.   (6.01 MB)

Tackling disabled hate crime.

The Scottish Government and Police Scotland are working hard to tackle hate crimes involving disability. Iain Wilson spoke to Angela Constance, SNP Cabinet Secretary, to find out more about the crime and how to report it...

Download Dog thefts on the rise in the UK.   (6.38 MB)

Dog thefts on the rise in the UK.

In the UK, we're known as a nation of dog lovers. A note of caution has now been raised as the number of dogs stolen in the UK is on the rise, with 5 dogs taken each day. Allan spoke to Beverley to find out more.

Download The General Election has resulted in a hung Parliament.   (14.38 MB)

The General Election has resulted in a hung Parliament.

Theresa May has failed to get a majority in the Houses of Parliament with Labour doing better than many expected and the Lib-Dems gaining some success as well.

Download Car manufacturer supports UK charity.   (6.97 MB)

Car manufacturer supports UK charity.

The charity Guide Dogs has announced a new collaboration with global brand Toyota. The company will help raise funds and increase awareness of the charity's work. Allan Russell spoke to Lynda Haywood, Guide Dogs, and Robin Giles, Toyota, to find out more

Download Sight loss doesn't mean life stops!   (8.92 MB)

Sight loss doesn't mean life stops!

Dave Thomas was a successful professional football player, who climbed to the lofty heights of international selection for England. As his sight began to deteriorate, he recognised he needed help and was open to assistance from a range of charities.

Download Charity has new patron.   (10.41 MB)

Charity has new patron.

The charity Fight For Sight UK, raises money and distributes the funds to sight loss research projects across the UK. Allan Russell spoke to CEO Michele Acton and Lord Colin Low to learn more about Lord Low's support for the organisation.

Download   Electoral Comission making voting accessible.   (5.31 MB)

Electoral Comission making voting accessible.

With a general election on the way, we look at how accessible the process of voting is for blind and partially sighted people. Iain Wilson spoke to Ailsa Irvin, Director of Electoral Administration to find out more...

Download Sports taster day for visually impaired people.   (6.84 MB)

Sports taster day for visually impaired people.

British Blind Sport are holding a sports taster day in Birmingham on the 22nd of June. Allan Russell spoke to Jess Skinner, from BBS, to find out what sports will be on offer and what other benefits come from getting involved.

Download Dan Williams sight loss story.   (10.06 MB)

Dan Williams sight loss story.

Dan Williams endured bullying at school and denial of his sight loss. Support from the RNC for the Blind in Hereford put him on track to starting his own business. Allan Russell spoke to Dan to find out more.

Download University student brings colour to the blind.   (5.90 MB)

University student brings colour to the blind.

As part of his university course, Andrew Cowen came up with the idea to create a wristband that can identify colours for visually impaired people. Allan Russell spoke to Andrew to learn more about the device and where the idea for it came from.

Download Campaign for accessible voting.   (4.69 MB)

Campaign for accessible voting.

It's your democratic right to cast your vote in secrecy and accessibly but This is not the case for many visually impaired people. Allan Russell spoke to Jessica Hall from RNIB to find out more.

Download Canadian sight loss charity's update.   (10.48 MB)

Canadian sight loss charity's update.

Each month we speak to John Rafferty, CEO, of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind. This month Allan Russell hears about their plans for summer activities and accessible literature.

Download Monthly free assistive technology bulletin.   (9.01 MB)

Monthly free assistive technology bulletin.

E-Access Bulletin is a free monthly update of the latest advances in assistive technology. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Tristan Parker to find out what's in June's issue.

Download How easy is it to cast your vote?   (12.69 MB)

How easy is it to cast your vote?

It's your legal right to cast your vote in secrecy but how easy is that to do if you are blind or partially sighted? Allan Russell spoke to Hugh Huddy, from RNIB, to find out what you can do to make sure your vote counts.

Download Get involved in campaigning with RNIB.   (4.42 MB)

Get involved in campaigning with RNIB.

RNIB are running a Connect Campaigns training event in Manchester on 14th June and it's free to attend. Allan Russell spoke to Lyndsay Coyle, from RNIB, to find out more.

Download Happy birthday to NHS 24.   (7.15 MB)

Happy birthday to NHS 24.

With 20 million calls answered so far, NHS 24, the round the clock emergency health service celebrates 2 milestones.

Download The smart way to find cash machines.   (7.91 MB)

The smart way to find cash machines.

With more and more cash machines having accessibility features built in, like audio feedback or the ability to change the size of the text etc, having access to your money is becoming easier. Allan Russell finds out more.

Download College open days for visually impaired pupils.   (7.99 MB)

College open days for visually impaired pupils.

New College Worcester is holding open days and residential weekends in the month of May, to give people a sample of what they can expect, if they choose to study there. Allan Russell spoke to Lorna Phillips from the college to find out more.

Download Research into improving patient transport.   (7.91 MB)

Research into improving patient transport.

The Community Transport Association provides a host of advice and support to improve a variety of transport solutions to areas around the UK. Allan Russell spoke to James Coe from CTA to find out more.

Download Macular Society's Scottish road show.   (8.09 MB)

Macular Society's Scottish road show.

The Macular Society provides a wide range of support to individuals, their families and friends to improve the daily lives of those with Macular related sight loss. Allan Russell spoke to Jamie Cuthbertson to find out more.

Download RNIB's monthly campaigns round up. Allan Russell spoke to Libby Rhodes to find out more.   (7.19 MB)

RNIB's monthly campaigns round up. Allan Russell spoke to Libby Rhodes to find out more.

Each month, we are joined by RNIB's Campaigns team to highlight some of the latest work being carried out to improve the everyday lives of blind and partially sighted people.

Download Star gazing for the blind.   (8.05 MB)

Star gazing for the blind.

Astronomy is a very visual pastime or vocation but can a blind or partially sighted person really get involved? Iain Wilson spoke to Dr Nick Bonne,

Download Free apps improve independence.   (11.71 MB)

Free apps improve independence.

Technology is making life, and independent mobility, easier for people with disabilities. Allan Russell spoke to Gavin Neate, founder of Neatebox, to find out more

Download Scots get the chance to talk about welfare payments.   (6.01 MB)

Scots get the chance to talk about welfare payments.

The Scottish Government will take over the running of some welfare payments from Westminster including PIP, Personal Independence Payment. Iain Wilson spoke to Jeane Freeman MSP, Social Security Minister, to learn more.

Download   Grab your clubs, it's golf for the blind.   (7.83 MB)

Grab your clubs, it's golf for the blind.

If you've lost your sight and want to get back into golf, or perhaps you want to try it for the first time? Allan Russell spoke to Jim Gales and Stevie Cunningham from Scottish Disability Golf Partnership to find out how to get involved...

Download   Fancy trying blind curling?   (7.14 MB)

Fancy trying blind curling?

Curling may not be the first sport you think of for a blind person to play but it's a popular choice, around the globe. Allan Russell spoke to Jim Gales and Stevie Cunningham from Scottish Blind Curling, to find out more about the game...

Download  Arena Theatre's big on accessibility!   (4.93 MB)

Arena Theatre's big on accessibility!

The Arena Theatre in Brighton is striving to make all it's performances audio described. This includes the introduction of a new Smart way of delivering the AD soundtrack. Allan Russell spoke to Kirsty Povey from Arena to find out more...

Download Tackling sight loss in care homes.   (9.85 MB)

Tackling sight loss in care homes.

New research has been published looking at the effects that sight loss has on care home residents. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Lizzie Ward from Brighton University, to find out more

Download RNIB Scotland's wish list for future councillors.   (5.91 MB)

RNIB Scotland's wish list for future councillors.

As we approach the local council elections on May 4th, a major sight loss charity is puAs we approach the local council elections on May 4th, a major sight loss charity is publishing its own manifesto. Allan spoke to RNIB Scotland's Deputy Director.

Download Audio described theatre and events.   (8.61 MB)

Audio described theatre and events.

Mindseye Arts provide audio description for a host of shows and events. Each month Allan Russell speaks to Anne Hornsby to find out what are the hot shows to go to over the next few months.

Download Canadian sight loss charity update.   (6.41 MB)

Canadian sight loss charity update.

Each month we'll hear from John Rafferty, Chief Exec, from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Allan Russell finds out what the big issues of the month are and look at how sight loss issues are similar across the world

Download Campaigns team working hard for people with sight loss.   (5.92 MB)

Campaigns team working hard for people with sight loss.

The UK's leading sight loss charity, RNIB, has a dedicated and passionate campaigns team. They work on a variety of projects, all aimed at improving the everyday lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.

Download Specialist holidays for people with disabilities.   (4.99 MB)

Specialist holidays for people with disabilities.

Booking a holiday can have it's added complications if you, or someone you know, have a disability. Iain Wilson has been speaking to Fiona Gosden from Disabled Holidays.Com

Download Blind bowlers on target.   (7.71 MB)

Blind bowlers on target.

A relatively new club for blind bowlers in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, is looking for more members. Allan Russell spoke to umpires, Doreen Strachan and John Hannah to find out more.

Download Royal palaces get the audio described touch.   (6.45 MB)

Royal palaces get the audio described touch.

Many visitor attractions are making their buildings and exhibits more accessible for visitors with disabilities. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Claire Corby, from HRP, to find out more.

Download   Monthly access technology bulletin.   (7.92 MB)

Monthly access technology bulletin.

Each month Tristan Parker, from E Access Bulletin joins us for a look at what's in the latest, Free, issue of the assistive technology magazine. Allan Russell spoke to Tristan about the publication...

Download Charity Chief Executive explains changes.   (14.10 MB)

Charity Chief Executive explains changes.

Like many charities, RNIB has recently entered into a process of structural and service changes. Allan Russell spoke to Sally Harvey, CEO, to find out more.

Download Disability Charity celebrates founder's birth.   (6.67 MB)

Disability Charity celebrates founder's birth.

The charity Leonard Cheshire, which supports disabled people to make the most of their everyday lives, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth this year. Allan Russell spoke to Selina Mills, from the charity to find out more.

Download   U S sight loss charity heads to Washington.   (12.54 MB)

U S sight loss charity heads to Washington.

The National Federation of the Blind took service users to Washington to discuss things that effect their daily lives with the politicians. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Danielsen, from the NFB, to find out more...

Download Climbing to fight for sight.   (7.18 MB)

Climbing to fight for sight.

Kevin Coghlan has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for UK charity Fight For Sight, to help them fund research into common and rare sight loss conditions. Allan Russell spoke to Kevin to find out more about the climb.

Download Can you Can you influence public transport?   (6.50 MB)

Can you Can you influence public transport?

The Community Transport Association can help with information and support if you believe that public transport needs improving in your area. Allan Russell spoke to James Coe to find out more.

Download   Flipping politicians!   (4.43 MB)

Flipping politicians!

MPs, Lords and the press will be racing with their pancakes around parliament on February 28th. It's all about fundraising for the charity Rehab. Allan Russell spoke to Jonathan Smallman to find out more...

Download A step closer to more accessible literature.   (9.74 MB)

A step closer to more accessible literature.

The Marrakesh Treaty is currently being discussed by countries all over the world. Allan Russell spoke to Dan Pescod, RNIB, and Julia Reda, MEP, to find out more.

Download Chance for visually impaired people to train abroad.   (8.99 MB)

Chance for visually impaired people to train abroad.

Each year the Statler Centre, in Buffalo, gives the opportunity for a visually impaired student from overseas, the chance To join their preparation for work programme. Allan Russell spoke to Elizabeth Schmidt to find out more.

Download   Good and bad food for your dog.   (5.03 MB)

Good and bad food for your dog.

Temptation is everywhere for dogs and there's always the need to reward our four legged friends. Allan Russell spoke to Sue Kent from Guide Dogs to find out what we should and shouldn't be giving them to eat.

Download   Paralympians get ready for winter glory.   (5.56 MB)

Paralympians get ready for winter glory.

2018 will see the Winter Olympic and Paralympic games take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Allan Russell spoke to Penny Brisco, Chef De Mission, from the BPA to look ahead to the games, the sports and our chances...

Download   Employment success story for Royal Blind School.   (9.54 MB)

Employment success story for Royal Blind School.

The Royal Blind School, Edinburgh, works tirelessly to help it's pupils succeed. Allan Russell spoke to Angela Russell, from the school, and Scott Hillson, a visually impaired pupil who has gained an apprenticeship with TSB.

Download   Dee gets her life back on track!   (92.51 MB)

Dee gets her life back on track!

Dee Jones had to give up driving and her career, when she began to lose her sight. After retraining, discovering assistive technology and Guide Dogs, she's looking to the future and a new career. Allan Russell spoke to Dee to find out how she did it.

Download  Volunteering for RNIB.   (9.36 MB)

Volunteering for RNIB.

Volunteers are the lifeblood for many charities. Mike Paxman from RNIB tells Allan Russell more about the benefits to the organisation and to individuals, who give up their time to help the UK's leading sight loss charity...

Download  RNIB Connect event.   (7.68 MB)

RNIB Connect event.

March 10th will see an RNIB Connect event take place at Windermere manor Hotel. The weekend is to discuss issues that effect visually impaired people and find ways to create change. Allan Russell spoke to Peter Bennetts to find out more...

Download  Free assistive technology, monthly.   (9.28 MB)

Free assistive technology, monthly.

Each month we look at what's in the latest edition of E Access Bulletin. It's a free publication for anyone with an interest in assistive technology. Allan Russell spoke to Tristan Parker to find out what's in February's edition...

Download  Monthly Audio Described Theatre Highlights.   (8.36 MB)

Monthly Audio Described Theatre Highlights.

Anne Hornsby, from MindsEye Arts, joins us each month to look at some touring performances with audio description, as well as news on accessible visitor attractions. Allan Russell spoke to Anne to find out what's touring in February 2017...

Download  RNIB's Cane Explained Video.   (7.17 MB)

RNIB's Cane Explained Video.

Emma Hillyard was hesitant to use her cane when her eyesight began to deteriorate. Now she's taken part in a new video highlighting the different types of cane and how they are used. Allan Russell spoke to Emma to find out more...

Download   Guide Dogs Breaking Down Barriers.   (10.12 MB)

Guide Dogs Breaking Down Barriers.

Religious and Cultural barriers can make it difficult for some to get support from the charity in order to take back their independence. Allan Russell spoke to Sue Bushell, from Guide Dogs, and Mohammed Rashid, a muslim guide dog owner.

Download  RNIB January Campaigns Update.   (7.71 MB)

RNIB January Campaigns Update.

We look at some of the charity's current campaigns, ask for your help, and celebrate a welfare benefit success. Allan Russell spoke to Libby Rhodes to find out more...

Download   RNIB's NB Magazine is 100 Years Old!   (12.63 MB)

RNIB's NB Magazine is 100 Years Old!

The sight loss charity's magazine for eye care professionals is celebrating turning 100. Allan Russell found out how the publication has changed over the years and what celebrations have been planned for the milestone.

Download   Climb Supports Gene Therapy Research.   (5.67 MB)

Climb Supports Gene Therapy Research.

The charity Fight For Sight is funding research into the condition Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. A Kilimanjaro climb is further boosting funds for the work. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy to find out more...

Download  Sailing For Fun Or For Sport.   (9.27 MB)

Sailing For Fun Or For Sport.

Toby Davey is blind and a keen sailor. He's represented his country around the globe but tells us it can be just for fun too. Allan Russell spoke to Toby to find out why it's a great activity for visually impaired people...

Download   Why Register Your Sight Loss?   (5.83 MB)

Why Register Your Sight Loss?

There are many benefits for those who register their sight loss, as well as a whole raft of support from many charities and organisations. Allan Russell spoke to Poonam Patel, from RNIB, to find out why many people haven't done so already...

Download   Government's U-Turn On Welfare Payment.   (7.96 MB)

Government's U-Turn On Welfare Payment.

The government has scrapped it's planned changes to Attendance Allowance that would have seen Visually impaired people lose money. Allan Russell spoke to Geoff Fimister, from RNIB, to find out what caused the u-turn...

Download   Campaign for Disability Equality Training.   (4.00 MB)

Campaign for Disability Equality Training.

The charity Guide Dogs wants all taxi and mini cab drivers to have, mandatory, disability equality training before they are licensed. Allan Russell spoke to Hannah Trusller, from the charity, to find out how this will cut the number of guide dog refusals

Download Affordable Eye Check Technology Changes Lives.   (7.72 MB)

Affordable Eye Check Technology Changes Lives.

Simple eye checks can change lives, completely, in the developing world. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Dr Andrew Blaikie to find out more

Download All Change At The White House.   (10.22 MB)

All Change At The White House.

The 19th of January 2017 saw Barrack Obama in the White House for the final time as President. Rnib Connect radio's Allan Russell looks back.

Download  Technology And Support Exhibition From Sight Loss Charity.   (7.66 MB)

Technology And Support Exhibition From Sight Loss Charity.

The Norfolk and Norwich Association of the Blind is holding an exhibition of hi, and low, tech assistive equipment and services for visually impaired people, at it's HQ in March. Allan Russell spoke to Edward Bates to find out more...

Download  Veteran's Charity Offers Help To Those With Sight Loss.   (7.53 MB)

Veteran's Charity Offers Help To Those With Sight Loss.

Blind Veterans UK provides a wide range of help and support to current and former service personnel. Allan Russell spoke to Jenny Barley, from BVUK, and Charles Brooks, a WWII vet who has had support, to find out who qualifies for help...

Download Call For Visually Impaired People To Take To The High Seas.   (9.27 MB)

Call For Visually Impaired People To Take To The High Seas.

Sailing can be a fun, relaxing or adrenalin charged pastime. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Will Bridge, organiser, to find out more.

Download Accessible Home Appliances For Visually Impaired People.   (9.27 MB)

Accessible Home Appliances For Visually Impaired People.

Sailing can be a fun, relaxing or adrenalin charged pastime. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Will Bridge, organiser, to find out more.

Download   Guide Dog, Kika, Fitted With Camera.   (8.70 MB)

Guide Dog, Kika, Fitted With Camera.

Amit Patel fitted his guide dog with a camera to record descrimination and problems he faces on his way to work in London. The results were astonishing but not all were bad. Allan Russell spoke to Amit and Sarah Schoenberger, from the charity...

Download   American Sight Loss Charity Heads To Capitol Hill.   (8.64 MB)

American Sight Loss Charity Heads To Capitol Hill.

The National Federation of the Blind assists visually impaired people to have face to face meetings with their elected representatives. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Danielsen, from the US charity, to find out why this is an annual event...

Download Sight Loss Didn't Stop American Entrepreneur.   (11.99 MB)

Sight Loss Didn't Stop American Entrepreneur.

When high school athlete Jim Stovall lost his sight, he thought life for him was over and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Jim to learn more about his amazing life.

Download   Accessible Sports For The Blind.   (6.07 MB)

Accessible Sports For The Blind.

British Blind Sport has a wide range of activities and sports for visually impaired people of all abilities. Events take place on a regular basis around the UK and Allan Russell spoke to Logan Gray, from the charity, to find out more...

Download   Audio Described Ballet.   (8.69 MB)

Audio Described Ballet.

Scottish Ballet provide audio described, and subsidised, performances for blind and partially sighted patrons. Allan Russell spoke to Pauline Laverty, from the company, to find out more.

Download   Welsh Sight Loss Charity Looks Back At 2016.   (8.89 MB)

Welsh Sight Loss Charity Looks Back At 2016.

Ceri Jackson is the Director of RNIB Cymru and Chair of the Cardiff Institute for the Blind. Allan Russell spoke to her to look back at what 2016 meant to the charities...

Download   Audio Description Highlights Of 2016.   (16.35 MB)

Audio Description Highlights Of 2016.

ITV's Vidar Hjardeng looks back at 2016's live offerings which were audio described. Allan Russell asks what his favourites were and why?

Download   Disabled Golf Charity Reviews 2016.   (10.09 MB)

Disabled Golf Charity Reviews 2016.

The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership helps people with various disabilities take up the game of golf and can guide them to a highly professional level. Allan Russell spoke to Jim Gales, to find out a little about it's history and what 2016 held...

Download   Scottish Sight Loss Charity Reflects On 2016.   (6.50 MB)

Scottish Sight Loss Charity Reflects On 2016.

We continue our charity Chief Executive reviews of 2016, with Glasgow based charity Visibility. Allan Russell spoke to it's CEO Fiona Sandford to find out what successes and challenges had marked the year.

Download  Accessible Gifts For Sci Fi Fans.   (8.33 MB)

Accessible Gifts For Sci Fi Fans.

If you know a visually impaired fan of Doctor Who, then The Who Shop has some suggestions for accessible gifts, DVDs and talking books. Allan Russell spoke to Alexandra Loosly Soul to find out what's available...

Download  Technology Training Can Improve Independence.   (6.64 MB)

Technology Training Can Improve Independence.

RNIB's free Online Today technology training can open up the world to visually impaired people. Allan Russell spoke to Steve and his visually impaired daughter Summer, to find out what the right tech can achieve...

Download   A Fairer Scotland For Disabled People.   (7.47 MB)

A Fairer Scotland For Disabled People.

The Scottish Government has launched a new plan to improve the lives of disabled people in the country. Allan Russell spoke to Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman MSP, to find out how it will work and how it will be monitored...

Download   London Sight Loss Charity Reviews 2016.   (7.96 MB)

London Sight Loss Charity Reviews 2016.

The Royal London Society for the Blind works with visually impaired children, young people and their families. Allan Russell spoke to CEO Tom Pey, to find out what 2016 meant to the charity and what 2017 could hold...

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Canada's Largest Sight Loss Charity Reviews 2016

What has 2016 held for the CNIB? and what is in store for 2017. Allan Russell spoke to CNIB Chief Exec John Rafferty to find out how the charity has supported visually impaired people...

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RNIB Chief Exec Looks Back At 2016.

Some of the world's leading sight loss charity Chief Executives take a look back at 2016, ahead to 2017 and pick a personal highlight. Allan Russell spoke to Sally Harvey, CEO of RNIB...

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Charity Celebrates Funding Sight Loss Research.

Fight For Sight funds millions of pounds of eye research, each year, across the UK. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy to find out what big successes 2016 has held for the sector.

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RNIB Update Their Toy Catalogue.

Play is an important part of learning and that's especially important for visually impaired children. RNIB has updated it's accessible toys catalogue and Allan Russell spoke to Sarah Holton and Karen Newell to find out what's inside.

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RNIB Campaigns Successes For 2016

RNIB's Campaigns team works with volunteers to improve the lives of visually impaired people in the uk. Allan Russell spoke to Libby Rhodes, Linda Wilson & Bob Potter to find out what this year's big gains were and what part they played.

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Helping Disabled People Get Active.

The English Federation of Disability Sport has launched some new videos and tools to help disabled people get into sport. It also provides accessibility information for sporting facilities. Allan Russell spoke to Tom Webster to find out more...

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Audio Description At Museums And Galleries.

Audio description provider VocalEyes has published a report on the accessibility of art galleries, museums and historic places of interest. Allan Russell spoke to Matthew Cock, Chief Exec, from the charity to find out more...

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US Charity's Final Update of 2016

Chris Danielsen, from the National Federation of the Blind in the United States, joined us for a look at tactile art and what is Uber doing to stop guide dogs being refused travel? Allan Russell spoke to Chris...

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What's Our Favourite Christmas Song?

Time to find out who is topping the chart for our favourite festive tune. Allan Russell spoke to Peter Leatham CEO, from PPL UK...

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Battle Against Guide Dog Refusals Continues.

Why are some visually impaired people still facing refusals, from taxi and mini cab drivers, when travelling with their Guide Dogs? Allan Russell spoke to James White, GDBA, and Sue Smith, to look at legal changes requested by the charity...

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New Gene Discovery For Common Sight Loss Condition.

A new discovery has shed light on a new gene related to Retinitis pigmentosa. The research was funded by Fight For Sight and RP Fighting Blindness. Allan Russell spoke to Professor Mike Cheetham from University College London, to find out more...

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American Military Are Tracking Santa!

NORAD is more famous for protecting North American airspace, so why are they looking for Santa? RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Navy Lieutenant Marco Chouinard to find out more.

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Celebrity Specs Auctioned For Charity.

Sight Savers has some sought after celebrity glasses and sunglasses to auction to help their global fight against sight loss. Allan Russell spoke to Mike Straney, to find out more.

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Hi Tech Implant To Restore Vision.

US company Second Sight is working on an implant, linked to the brain, that could deliver a type of vision. Initial development and tests have been positive. Allan Russell spoke to Robert Greenberg to find out more...

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DNA Editing Could Restore Vision.

Sight has been restored in mice by removing and replacing a faulty gene in the eye by repairing damaged DNA. Allan Russell spoke to Jun WU, from the Salk Institute in San Diego, to find out more...

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More Needed To Help Visually Impaired People Into Employment.

The Government has launched a consultation, looking at employment for disabled people. More has to be done to support individuals and encourage employers to ditch outdated stereotypes. Allan Russell spoke to Geoff Fimister, RNIB, to find out more...

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RBS Accessible Banking App

The RBS Group has launched it's new accessible banking app for customers with visual impairments. The app was designed with the help of RNIB. Allan Russell found out more about the app's features and availability...

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Free Assistive Tech Bulletin's November Update

E Access Bulletin is a monthly, free, update on the ever changing world of assistive technology. Allan Russell spoke to Tristan Parker to find out what's in the latest issue...

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There's A Chat For That!

RNIB Scotland's youth forum, Haggeye, put together their own 1 hour show to highlight the groups work. Created and presented by visually impaired young people, it's about them.

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Campaign For Canadian's With Disabilities Act.

Barrier Free Canada is an organisation which is campaigning for the creation of legislation to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Allan Russell spoke to founder Donna Jodhan to find out if the legislation is any closer.

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Does Society Treat Disabled People Equally?

Disability Agenda Scotland has published research into the lack of equality for disabled people. Allan Russell spoke to Layla Theiner, from the organisation, to find out more...

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Sight Loss Charity Collaborations

Fight For Sight works with other charities to help fund research into many different sight loss conditions. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy, from the charity, to hear more about their latest work...

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Sight Loss Breakthrough Funded By UK Charity

Fight For Sight has funded research into the rare eye condition, Choroideremia. Doctors are now ready to start a 2nd stage clinicle trial in London. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy to find out more...

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New US Law On Silent Cars.

The National Federation of the Blind in the USA has news on a law change to make silent cars audible and letters from Santa for visually impaired kids. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Danielsen from the charity in the latest monthly catch up...

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Santa Has A Letter For Visually Impaired Children.

It's that time of year when the little ones are getting their letters to Santa ready, with all their Xmas wishes. NIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell made a special call to Lapland to speak to Titch The Elf.

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More Support For Parents With Visually Impaired Children.

Vision 2020 UK is working to produce guidelines to support parents, who's children are blind or partially sighted. Allan Russell spoke to Mary Bairstow to find out more...

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Scotland Encourages Accessible Tourism.

For many disabled people, looking for somewhere to holiday in, can come with extra concerns around accessibility. Visit Scotland is working hard to make the country easier to enjoy for everyone. Allan Russell spoke to Chris McCoy to find out more

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Disability Charity's Reaction To Welfare Consultation

The UK government has launched a consultation into welfare benefits and back to work programmes. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Ian McCrae, from Disability Now, to get their reaction to the debate...

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Reading Made Easier For Visually Impaired People.

RNIB can supply schools and other public bodies with accessible formats of all kinds of books. To improve access to Literature, they're also giving blind and partially sighted children the chance to get subsidised iPads. Allan Russell found out more...

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Talking Buses, Across The UK, Are A Step Closer.

For 6 years now, charities and supporters have been campaigning for all buses and coaches to have audio visual announcements fitted as standard. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Alan Brown MP and Chris Theobald from the charity Guide Dogs.

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Disability Charity Wants To Get You On Your Bike.

The charity Leonard Cheshire is piloting a new project that encourages, and supports, disabled people to go cycling outdoors. Allan Russell spoke to Mary Clare Faulkner, from Leonard Cheshire, to find out more...

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Disabled Graduates Can Apply For Paid Internships.

If you, or someone you know, is a graduate with a disability, the charity Leonard Cheshire wants to hear from you. Their Change 100 programme helps find paid internships with major UK companies. Allan Russell found out more... #RNIBConnect #HowISee

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Keep Your Dog Safe On Bonfire Night.

Fireworks and bonfires can be stressful and frightning for our 4 legged friends. Graham Kensett, from the charity Guide Dogs, spoke to Allan Russell and gave us some advice to keep our pups happy... #RNIBConnect #HowISee

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Free Accessible Technology Bulletin.

E Access Bulletin is a free monthly email on assistive technology. Each month Allan Russell speaks to Tristan Parker for a taste of things to come in the next issue. October's is packed with new tech, awards & reader's In Box...

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Charity Chairman Goes The Extra Miles.

Kevin Carey, RNIB Chairman, undertook a trek in Iceland to raise funds and awareness for the UK's leading sight loss charity, RNIB. Allan Russell spoke to Kevin to learn more about the journey...

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Bus Drivers Swap Places With Visually Impaired Passengers

Allan Russell spoke to Lucy Dixon from RNIB to find out why drivers and passengers with sight loss are swapping places, in the hope of making travel by public transport easier.

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Bionic Eye Is Looking Good After Five Years

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis is an implant that can restore a specific kind of vision to those with retinal diseases. Iain Wilson spoke to Lyndon Da Cruz, from Moorfields Eye Hospital, to find out more.

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Journeys Made Easier By Rail Company

Abellio Scotrail runs train services throughout Scotland and has made commitments to improve travel for passengers with disabilities. Allan Russell found out more from Scotrail.

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Accessible App Can Tackle Hate Crimes.

Victims and witnesses to hate crimes and anti social behaviour can now record and report what they see, anonymously, via an accessible app. Allan Russell spoke to Mahtab Khan, creator of the Eyewitness app, to find out more.

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Police Scotland Tackling Hate Crime.

Hate crimes come in many forms and you may not be aware that you're a victim. Allan Russell spoke to Chief Inspector Alastair Muir, Police Scotland, to find out more details and what to do if your a victim or a witness.

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Disability Charity Wants You To Get Active!

The English Federation of Disability Sport is encouraging, and supporting, people with disabilities to Get Out Get Active in their latest campaign. Allan Russell spoke to Kat Southwell to find out more

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Certificate Contains A Wealth Of Information.

The Vision 2020 UK organisation recently held a roundtable discussion, with its members, to discuss the Certificate of Visual impairment. Allan Russell spoke to Mercy Jayesingham to find out more.

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Young People Wanted To Shape UK's Leading Sight Loss Charity

RNIB has a strategic objective to increase participation by young people in the life of the RNIB Connect community. Allan Russell spoke to Niall McMurtry, from RNIB, to find out more.

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World Sight Day 2016

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness. Insight Radio's Allan spoke to Sarah Namusobya from Vision Aid Overseas to find out more.

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Accessible Book Breakthrough!

A global treaty that will allow the sharing of accessible literature has been ratified and set in law Allan Russell spoke to Dan Pescod, from RNIB, to find out more.

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Update From Canada's Leading Sight Loss Charity

Each month we speak with John Rafferty, CEO, of the CNIB in Canada to hear the top stories on issues effecting people with sight loss. Allan Russell spoke to John to learn more about the Marrakech Treaty, for accessible literature.

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Disabled People Encouraged To Take Up Golf

If you had to give up the game, due to disability, or have never picked up a club before, it's time to get out there.Allan Russell spoke to Jim Gales from the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership to find out more.

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Guided By Off The Shelf Technology.

The Wayfindr system uses available technology to guide visually impaired people through internal surroundings like rail and tube stations. Allan Russell spoke to Tom Pey, CEO of the Royal London Society of the Blind, to find out more.

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Charity Tackles Childhood Eye Cancer.

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of eye cancer that, if undetected, can lead to complete sight loss or death. The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, CHECT, supports and advises families affected by the condition. Allan Russell spoke to Amanda Moore.

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Move It And Raise Funds For Charity.

The Guide Dogs charity wants to raise funds and get the message across that exercising, to beat Type 2 Diabetes, can save your sight. Jenny Cook from GDBA told Allan Russell about the fundraising initiative

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Alan Brown MPs Support For Talking Buses.

Alan Brown MP is campaigning, at Westminster, to have legislation updated to include the legal requirement for bus operators to have all their new vehicles, adapted with talking announcements. Allan Russell spoke to the minister to find out more.

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Accessible Transport Framework Launched In Scotland

The Scottish Parliament has launched a far reaching commitment to improve all aspects of public transport for people with disabilities. Allan spoke to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, SNP MSP.

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You Can Make A Difference With Leading Sight Loss Charity

Each month RNIB's campaigns team updates us on the latest news and how it is working to improve the everyday lives of blind and partially sighted people. Allan Russell spoke to Libby Rhodes, from the campaigns team, for the latest news

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Monthly Tech Update From E-Access.

With more assistive technology info, forthcoming exhibitions and your chance to send in your tech questions, Allan Russell spoke to Tristan Parker, from E-Access Bulletin, for a look at the latest issue

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Stelios Entrepreneur Awards For Disabled People.

Stelios Entrepreneur Awards For Disabled People. The Stelios Foundation has teamed up with disability charity Leonard Cheshire for the annual awards, recognising entrepreneurship amongst the disability community. A huge prize is up for grabs.

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Big Anniversary For Guide Dogs Charity.

The Guide Dogs training centre in Leamington Spa is celebrating an important moment in its history. Allan Russell spoke to Sarah Miller to find out more.

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Shopping Made Easier For Visually Impaired Customers.

Intu Braehead Centre, near Glasgow, is piloting a scheme to guide and assist visually impaired people around the shops and eateries of this shopping and leisure complex. Allan Russell spoke to Lydia Brown, from the centre, to find out more.

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Concerns Over Accessible Voting In US.

With a Presidential election on the horizon, the National Federation of the Blind in the United States, has concerns that visually impaired people will struggle to vote independently. Allan Russell finds out mo

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Can Colouring Books Be Accessible?

If your colour blind, enjoying colouring in books or E-colouring books may not be at the top of your list. Chris Guest, who is colour blind himself, has tackled the problem head on. Allan Russell spoke to him to find out more.

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Charity Wants Better Access To Sport.

The Charity Leonard Cheshire is working to improve accessibility for disabled people who want to keep fit or get involved in sport.

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Concerns Over Accessibility For New Chip And Pin Machines!

RNIB, the UK's leading sight loss charity, has expressed concerns over new chip and pin machines being piloted in the UK. Allan Russell spoke to Natalie Doig, RNIB Campaigns, to find out more.

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Disability Golf Is Growing Across The Globe

The game of golf can be played at many levels by all sorts of people with all sorts of disabilities. Allan Russell found out more about the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership and their forthcoming Auld Enemies Cup tournament.

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Research Grant Announced For Age Related Sight Loss

The charity Fight For Sight and the Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government, have announced a research grant for research into age related sight conditions. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy, Fight For Sight, and Dr Alan McNair, CSO.

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Two Charities Join Forces With A Technology Solution.

RNIB Scotland and Alzheimer's Scotland are collaborating to improve the lives of people with sight loss and dementia. Allan Russell spoke to Sandra Campbell, june neil and Ronnie Mccusker to find out more

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Open House Weekend To Be Audio Described.

Vocaleyes, a charity which specialises in the provision of audio description, will be presenting 4 tours of some of London's iconic buildings for this year's event, 2016. Allan Russell spoke to Toby Davey, from Vocaleyes.

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RNIB Campaigns Monthly Update.

The leading sight loss charity in the UK, RNIB, campaigns on many fronts in order to improve the lives of those living with sight loss. Allan Russell spoke with Libby Rhodes and heard more about the dangers of A boards.

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Consultation On Welfare Devolvement To Scotland.

Certain Welfare Benefits are to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster's Department of Work and Pensions(DWP) Allan Russell spoke to Jeane Freeman MSP to find out more.

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Smart Technology Can Improve Independence For All.

Gavin Neate's company has created smart solutions to everyday problems that are faced by people with disabilities. Allan Russell spoke to Gavin to find out more on the ground breaking apps.

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Goalball Team In Glasgow Is Growing

A goalball team in Glasgow is looking for more blind and partially sighted members to join and take up the sport. Allan Russell spoke to Alan Lewis to find out more about the game and how it can be played for fun or to Paralympic level, if you wish.

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Update From Canada's Largest Sight Loss Charity.

John Rafferty, Chief Exec of the CNIB, spoke to Allan Russell about the Marrakech Treaty, World Blind Union Conference and the Paralympics.

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Could You Dine In The Dark?

Eating without seeing what's in front of you is becoming quite fashionable through the Dine In The Dark restaurants. It can also help raise vital funds to further sight loss research in the UK. Allan Russell spoke to Dr Dolores Conroy, from the charity.

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Can Your Voice Replace Passwords?

Your voice pattern is more unique than your finger print, making it an ideal replacement to lots of different passwords. Allan Russell spoke to Professor David Crystal to find out more about our voices and how they're being put to work by Barclays

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Can Adrenalin Sports Be Accessible To The Blind?

Dean Dunbar is a self confessed adrenalin addict and, despite being blind has completed many terrifying challenges. Allan Russell spoke to Dean about his latest venture and how he can help other visually impaired people push the envelope.

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What Is Self Pay Health Care?

With NHS budgets under stress, many people are looking at Self Pay. How does it differ from private health insurance? Allan Russell finds out.

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US Sight Loss Charity Champions IT Accessibility.

The National Federation of the Blind, in the USA, has good news for Braille technology users and a legal challenge for New York City. Allan Russell spoke to Chris Danielsen to find out more.

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RNIB React To Goverment Decision Not To Regulate Audio Description On TV Catchup Services

The Culture Minister has refused to bring forward any regulation that would ensure blind and partially sighted people can watch on-demand or ‘catch-up’ TV, in a letter sent to the sight loss charity.

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Guide Dog Attacks On The Rise

A new report from Guide Dogs suggests attacks on service animals are on the rise. Steven Scott speaks to the author of the report Rachel Moxon to find out more.

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EU Parliament Discusses Importance Of Web Accessibility

The accessibilty of public body websites has been highlighted within the European Parliament. Our reporter Finlay Duncan has been speaking to one of the lead MEPs in Brussels.

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Mum Of Blind Teenager Welcomes New RNIB Family Support Service

A new service offering help to parents of blind and partially sighted people has been welcomed by a mother of a blind girl. Paula Andrews spoke to Insight Radio about her daughter Maddie.

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RNIB Street Clutter Campaign Gets Major Boost

Our reporter Iain Wilson reports on a major boost for RNIB's Street Clutter campaign, aiming to clear Britain's streets of obstructions that affect blind and partially sighted people navigate towns and cities safely.

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RNIB Cymru Roll Out New Welsh Language Scheme

To mark St David's Day on March 1st, RNIB Cymru have rolled out a new plan to make printed materials available in the Welsh language for blind and partially sighted people.

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Change To Welfare Reform Bill Could Halt Cuts To Employment And Support Allowance

An amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill means that changes or cuts to Employment and Support Allowance would have to be agreed by both Houses of Parliament. Geoff Fimister from RNIB reacts to Steven Scott ahead of tonight's vote.

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Owner Of Attacked Guide Dog Speaks Out

We hear from the owner of guide dog Milo who was badly injured after an attack in Glasgow's Central station. The owner Sanders Taylor told his story to Insight Radio's Steven Scot.

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Social Services Must Improve For Blind People Says RNIB Report

A new report from RNIB called See And Plan says blind people are waiting up to a year for social work support. Steven Scott speaks to Tara Chattaway from the charity to find out more.

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Blind Pianist Plays Major Stage In Honour Of Beethoven

Despite being blind from birth, Rachel Starritt recently took centre stage in a festival on Beethoven's music. She spoke to Insight Radio's Lynne Morgan from our Wales studio.

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Could Driverless Cars Become A Reality For Blind People?

Following the news that US regulators have agreed in principle that Google cars could drive entirely by themselves, we hear from Bryan Bashin from the Lighthouse For The Blind organisation who are working closely with the tech giant to make this a reality

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Are Disabled People Becoming More Invisible In Society?

A new report from former Paralympian and Conservative peer suggests that disabled people may be becoming invisible in today's society. Steven Scott speaks to Lord Chris Holmes about his views on the topic.

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RNIB Reports On Impact Of Sight Loss On Employment

The charity RNIB has launched a new report looking into the issues affecting people who suffer sight loss while in employment. Steven Scott speaks to co-author Alex Saunders.

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Driverless Cars Could Become A Reality For Blind People

Following the news that US regulators are considering allowing fully autonomous vehicles on the roads, where the driver of the car is in fact the computer, we get reaction from a blind advocate of the vehicles, Jonathon Mosen.

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Important Advice And Reaction To Zika Virus Being Declared 'International Emergency'

A travel expert weighs in on the discussion around the impact of the Zika virus, plus Sense International add their view of one of the effects of Zika, microcephaly. Steven Scott reports.

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Blind People Asked For Their Opinions On Personal Independence Payment

Researchers are working with RNIB to guage opinion of how blind people are getting on with the changeover from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment.

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EU Urges Quick Ratification Of Right To Read Treaty

A treaty to allow access to more books to blind and partially sighted people around the world needs ratification from the European Union countries. We hear from one British MEP who is urging the treaty to be passed.

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Online Today Project Expands One Year On

Following the success of it's first year, the Big lottery funded Online Today project run by RNIB is increasing the number of sessions it is offering blind and partially sighted people. We hear what RNIB Northern Ireland are doing from Joanne Wilson.

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RNIB React To Report Suggesting Disabled Benefits Should Be Cut

Following a report by the think-tank Reform, RNIB respond to the recommedations that benefits should be cut for disabled people to encourage them back into work. Geoff Fimister from RNIB Campaigns speaks to Steven Scott.

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Tennis For The Visually Impaired

Blind and partially sighted people still play tennis. Alice Glossop reports on a tennis club in Milton Keynes which specialises in courses for people of all experiences.

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RNIB Urges Broadcasters To Provide More On Demand Audio Description

The UKs leading sight loss charity is encouraging UK broadcasters to provide more access to audio desscribed programmes on their video on demand players. Sonali Rai from RNIB speaks to Steven Scott.

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NHS Accessible Information Campaign Steps Up

Accessing information from your GP in an accessible format is now your right, and RNIB want you to get involved. Hugh Huddy from RNIB Campaigns speaks to Steven Scott

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Dressage Champion Vicky Howarth Speaks To Insight

Vicky Howarth is a recognised Dressage National Champion and is also the Disability Ambassador for the UK Cheerleading Association. Impressive when you know that Vicky has Stargardt’s disease, and is registered blind. Vicky spoke to Insights Alice Glossop

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Update On Campaign Against Proposed PIP Changes

The Government plans to change the Personal Independence Payment. RNIB has joined with other charities to call on the Government not to makes the proposals a reality. Geoff Fimister from RNIB Campaigns explains more to Steven Scott.

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RNIB Cymru Launch Political Manifesto Ahead Of Elections

RNIB Cymru has launched its 2016 Manifesto and invited candidates from the six major parties in Wales to attend. Lynne Morgan was there for Insight Radio.

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New Project To Help Partially Sighted Children And Families Launches In Scotland

A new RNIB Scotland project funded by the Big Lottery Fund is aiming to help blind and partially sighted children and their families.

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Lords Defeat Government Over Cuts To Employment And Support Allowance

The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut the benefits of people with illness and disabilities. Steven Scott spoke to Lord Colin Lowe, Vice President of RNIB.

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1 In 5 People Have Witnessed A Disabled Hate Crime

According to a new report for Holocaust Memorial Day, research has found a quarter of people in the UK have witnessed hate crime in the last year. Steven Scott spoke to Mark Harrison from the Holocaust Memorial Trust to find out more.

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Age UK And RNIB Launch Report Into Standards Of Social Care

Thousands of blind and partially sighted older people are not receiving any social care support according to a joint report from Age UK and RNIB which says the lack of social care is also in some cases badly affecting their wider health and wellbeing.

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New Bionic Eye Helps Welsh Woman To 'See'

Rhian Lewis from Wales was almost totally blind from the effects of retinitis pigmentosa but has been hitting the headlines after taking part in a groundbreaking new operation. She spoke to Lynne Morgan.

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Eye Appointment Cancelled? Tell RNIB

If you’ve recently lost out whether through a cancellation or delay on any vital eye-related appointments at your local hospital in England, then RNIB wants to hear from you. Iain Wilson speaks to Holly Heath from RNIB.

Download Changes To RNIB And Action Membership   (10.35 MB)

Changes To RNIB And Action Membership

RNIB is due to officially launch it’s new community of blind and partially sighted people called RNIB Connect. The UK’s leading sight loss charity believes it will provide more opportunities for people to connect with each other. Steven Scott reports.

Download RNIB Open First London Stock Market for 2016   (4.02 MB)

RNIB Open First London Stock Market for 2016

On the first Monday of 2016, RNIBs Marc Powell - who has been a Paralympic Judo player and now works for RNIB - opened the 2016 market for them.

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