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Researcher Needs your Help On Accessibility

I’m Maryam, I’m a PhD researcher in Architecture working on accessibility in the built environment for the visually impaired. The link below is to my questionnaire. The purpose of this investigation is to study the patterns of the visually impaired users visiting the retail and shopping industry in the UK, and the barriers and difficulties […]

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Launch Of new £10 note

  The new Bank of England £10 note is launched today, Thursday 14 September, in England and Wales.The Bank of England note includes clusters of raised dots in the top left corner that will help people with poor vision to identify its denomination.It also features bold numbers and raised print.The new note is different in […]

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National Eye Health Week Questionnaire

This year’s National Eye Health Week (NEHW) will take place from 18 to 24 September 2017, promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. To gauge the current public opinion on sight tests we’d appreciate it if you could complete this short questionnaire provided by Vision Matters. Click […]

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UN denounces British government for failing to protect disabled peoples’ rights

The Government has been criticised by the United Nations for failing to uphold the rights of disabled people through a string of austerity policies. An inquiry into the UK’s progress in fulfilling its commitments to a major UN convention found ministers have failed people with disabilities through a catalogue of policies in recent years, affecting […]

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16 Year old invents 3D printed eye test for preventing blindness in diabetics

Kavya Kopparapu, a 16 year old student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia, has invented a 3D printed device that can detect signs of degenerative eye disease.Source: 3D Printing Industry Kavya Kopparapu, a 16 year old student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia, has invented a 3D printed device […]

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Baking blind!

‘You don’t have to be blind to cook but it helps: extra sounds and smells, touch and tastes!’ That’s the introduction on the website of penny melville-brown OBE, who was a WRNS officer before blindness ended her career. Cooking is yet another daily task that many people take for granted. Having sight loss can make […]

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Talking ATMs launched at all branches of major UK bank

Santander has announced talking ATMs for blind and visually impaired customers across all of its UK branches.   Many banks offer talking ATMs at some branches, but Santander’s move makes it the first bank to offer the service at every one of its UK outlets – around 1,400. In May, HSBC launched 1,500 talking cash […]

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