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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RNIB teaches Alexa to give sight loss information

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has worked with Amazon to provide information about living with sight loss through its voice assistant, Alexa. Alexa users will now instantly be able to hear RNIB-verified information using voice commands such as: “Alexa, how do I register as sight impaired or severely sight impaired?” “Alexa, what assistive technology do blind people use?” “Alexa, what should I do if I think I’m losing my sight?” The collaboration will enable Alexa to provide information directly from the charity’s Sight Loss Advice Service. It…

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UK retailers urged to make their Christmas adverts accessible for people with sight loss

As the UK’s biggest retailers prepare to launch their much-anticipated Christmas TV adverts, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is urging them not to exclude blind and partially sighted people. Almost two million people with sight loss are potentially excluded from some, or all, of these adverts because they aren’t produced with audio description (AD) which makes the content accessible. Matt Stringer, RNIB Chief Executive, said: “There is absolutely no reason why retailers can’t audio describe their adverts so that blind and partially sighted people are included at…

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