RNIB says it’s time to improve accessibility of streaming services for viewers with sight loss

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) says that blind and partially sighted people are tired of waiting, and now is the time for Government to stick to their word in improving the accessibility of video on demand (VOD) services. According to the Media Nations 2021 Report published by Ofcom in September last year, nearly half of UK adults consider VOD services, such as ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer, All4, Now TV and Disney+, their main way of watching TV and film content. Despite their rise in popularity over the…

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RNIB partner with what3words to highlight power of providing precise locations for blind and partially sighted people

Event organisers and venue managers across the UK are being encouraged to provide additional address information to help blind and partially sighted people to arrive exactly where they need to be.  Sight loss charity RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and technology firm what3words have partnered to highlight how inadequate location information remains a significant barrier to independence for many and how simple it is for businesses to inspire positive change. There are around 340,000 people registered blind or partially sighted in the UK and an estimated two million…

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Elections Bill ‘takes us back 150 years’ as blind voters face exclusion from electoral process

Blind and partially sighted voters are being denied the right to a secret vote, and the new Elections Bill will only make this worse, warns sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), who are launching a new campaign to fight the proposed changes. Despite new stats from YouGov showing 87 per cent of the public believe it’s important everyone should have the right to vote in secret, the House of Lords are about to consider Government proposals which could further deny blind and partially sighted people…

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RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 to recognise and reward outstanding contributions in sight loss sector

Nominations for the RNIB See Differently Awards 2022 are now open. Building on the success of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s 2019 awards, the 2022 event will recognise and celebrate outstanding work to support people with sight loss. They aim to highlight the contributions being made to break down barriers and improve the world for people with sight loss. Nominations are now being sought and the award winners will be announced at a ceremony which will take place at a central London hotel on 29 March 2022. RNIB…

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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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