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Life Skills.

For many newly visually impaired people it seems that most of life's basic skills have been denied them. Here we promote ideas, ways and means for the visually impaired to enjoy life and navigate many of those skills such as cooking, cleaning and others that the sighted take for granted.

Technology for the blind


Assisted Vision Smart Glasses. Artificial Intelligence glasses. Bluetooth beacons. Ingenious gadgets. Tactile enhancement. Science is pushing the envelope in a host of different technologies to improve the life of the sight impaired. Here we keep abreast of these exciting new developments.

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Colin's Colloquy.

The weekly thoughts, determinations, adventures and travails of Colin, our blind correspondent. Experiences you can empathise with, solutions to the many problems which beset the visually impaired and an affirmation as to how to live a full and fulfilling life. With Podcast and audio files.

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Personal Independence Payment.

This is an attempt to explain the intracies of the new policy which will replace the old Disability Allowance with a new (improved?) system called Personal Independence Payment, or PIP for short. There is an accompanying audio file for those without the text reading app.

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Latest Sports

Go to our sports news section to get all the latest information on the cricket, football, rugby, blind sports, athletics, cycling, motor racing, curling and sundry other events. Keep up-to-date on the scores and fixtures along with commentaries on the games.

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Tactile Paving.

Please take the time to read this enormously detailed and very well researched paper on tactile paving, the 'blisters' at the edges of platforms and at a host of different road crossings, to assist and guide the visually impaired. Written by Beata Duncan-Jones.

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Visually impaired in prison

It is scary enough for anybody going to prison for the first time but for the visually impaired there is an added fear. A number of Acts have addressed the plight of disabled inmates. First thing - speak to the Disablity Liaison Officer. Read more in this booklet by Prison Reform Trust.



Researchers in Switzerland have come up with a tablet with magnetic pins for users to feel where they are on a map and where they need to go. The magnetic pins form images, letters or Braille for a blind person to interpret.

Navigating in the Dark

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Thanks to modern technology, a 29-year-old visually impaired woman from Shanghai says she is confident enough to enjoy a convenient life in the city. "Even though I confront many difficulties in reality, I am often met by warm-hearted people who are willing to lend me a hand," explains Chen Siying.

Podcast For Blind.

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Listen to the weekly podcast for and about the blind and visually impaired with Peter White. This week we hear an exclusive interview with new, partially sighted MP for Battersea Marsha De Cordova. Broadcast on June 13th, 2017.