RNIB, the Guardian and Google unite to launch accessible storytelling website

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day (20 May), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Guardian and Google launched Auditorial, an experiment in storytelling that can adapt to suit blind and low vision readers.  Over 300 million people have a vision impairment, but 97 percent of website home pages do not meet standard accessibility requirements. The project is intended to pose questions about how the web might become a more flexible, inclusive place for people with disabilities, by enabling users to tailor websites to suit their personal sensory needs…

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Free newspaper subscription for people with sight loss during coronavirus

RNIB is helping people with sight loss keep up to date during the coronavirus pandemic by offering a free subscription to a newspaper or broadcast guide via its Newsagent service. RNIB Newsagent provides plain text email versions of major UK newspapers, and TV and radio guides, which can be easily read with magnification or screen reading software that many blind and partially sighted people use. This offer means that anyone who finds it difficult to read a paper or TV guide in their current print or online formats can get…

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Charity issues guidance on how sports and leisure sector can support customers with sight loss during pandemic

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has partnered with British Blind Sport and Metro Blind Sport to call on sports and leisure facilities to ensure that physical changes to their premises are accessible for people with sight loss. The charity has created new best practice guidance, outlining how measures introduced to keep customers safe can be made accessible. The guidance also aims to improve understanding of the challenges being faced by blind and partially sighted customers as lockdown restrictions ease. Two thirds (66 per cent) of blind and…

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Izzy, wizzy, let’s get quizzy! Sooty hosts RNIB quiz for children across the nation

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is encouraging children across the UK to beat boredom by joining a Facebook Live quiz on 07 May hosted by the nation’s favourite magic bear. The virtual event, which will begin at 2pm and last half an hour, will be hosted by Sooty and The Sooty Show’s TV presenter Richard Cadell. It has been designed to help alleviate the boredom which children may be feeling due to coronavirus restrictions. During the quiz Sooty and Richard will ask fun questions aimed at children…

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New £20 note strengthens Bank’s commitment to making money accessible for people with sight loss

On 20 February 2020, the Bank of England’s new £20 note came into circulation with tactile markings to help make it easy for blind and partially sighted people to decipher it from existing £5 and £10 notes. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has been working with the Bank of England for many years to make money accessible for people with sight loss, with the new polymer note featuring acclaimed artist JMW Turner. The new note has tactile markings on it with three separate clusters of dots along…

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