Paralympians launch campaign to encourage more blind and partially sighted people to get active

Paralympics GB gold medal winners Chris Skelley and Libby Clegg on Tuesday 28 September 2021 launched See Sport Differently, a campaign to encourage the UK’s two million blind and partially sighted people to get more physically active. See Sport Differently, a three-year campaign run by RNIB in partnership with British Blind Sport, aims to tackle lower levels of wellbeing amongst blind and partially sighted people by highlighting the benefits of physical activity, and demonstrating to blind and partially sighted people and the sports industry alike that sight loss doesn’t need…

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“Community Cruises” Help Visually-Impaired Affected By The Pandemic Prepare For The ‘New Normal’ As Two-Thirds Admit To Feeling Less Independent

Eco-friendly boat company GoBoat London has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) as part of its “Community Cruises” initiative, providing verbal guided tours to support the visually-impaired community affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme, which sees regular free boat trips and guided tours provided to the capital’s vulnerable and isolated population, aims to help improve the social and interpersonal skills and mental health of those who have been most affected by the ongoing pandemic. Every Tuesday for the rest of the year, GoBoat will be providing free boat trips to…

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Charity highlights inaccessible packaging with pop-up Store

A new campaign by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is highlighting the issue of inaccessible packaging and the impact it has on people with sight loss. As part of its Design for Everyone campaign, the charity is opening its WhatsIn Store, an experiential event aiming to give an insight into how it feels to be confronted with inaccessible packaging. The store will be stocked with products with blank or intentionally vague packaging. Hidden cameras in the shop will film people’s reactions, while the shopkeeper then reveals that this is often the reality…

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People with sight loss can now access thousands of audio books through Alexa

Blind and partially sighted people can now say “Alexa, open RNIB Talking Books” to get instant access to thousands of RNIB audio books. Customers of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Talking Books library will be able to access their audio books by asking Alexa, as well as through RNIB’s usual library services. The Talking Books service has been described by many users as a ‘lifeline’ during the pandemic, with 1.33 million Talking Books sent out in the last year. David Clarke, Director of Services at RNIB, said:…

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Penguin Random House boosts RNIB library with thousands more audio books

One of the world’s largest publishers, Penguin Random House has bolstered the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Talking Books Library by donating all of its audio books to the charity. The new collection currently includes around 6,000 titles and will be gradually added to RNIB’s Talking Book platform in instalments on an ongoing basis. Amongst the books to be uploaded are novels from some of the world’s best-selling authors, such as James Patterson, Lee Child and Sophie Kinsella. Anna Tylor, Chair of RNIB and a regular RNIB Online…

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