Action for Blind People Bristol

at 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bristol, BS3 4EB United Kingdom

Action for Blind People Bristol provides help and support to blind and partially sighted people in Bristol and South Glos. We listen, we understand, we act


Action for Blind People Bristol
10 Stillhouse Lane
Bristol BS3 4EB
United Kingdom

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Bristol Hippodrome have an amazing AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A Musical Thriller. Performed by Welsh National Opera At The Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 24 October at 7.15pm

Published on 2015-10-22 15:01:20 GMT

It's very important that people with diabetes have their eyes examined regularly, as it can cause a number of eye problems, the most serious of which is diabetic retinopathy. Link to Action website: http://actn.it/2169M0i [Image shows a simulation of the effects of diabetic retinopathy] Diabetic retinopathy » Action For Blind People Diabetes is a long term condition, where the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly. actn.it

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-12 15:19:06 GMT

Jessica and Isabella tell us what they love about learning braille and their teachers talk about how they practice it in school. To support more children like Jessica and Isabella to learn braille, #WearDots this October! Learning braille with Jessica and Isabella | #WearDots Jessica and Isabella tell us what they love about learning braille and we hear from their teachers about how they practice their braille in school.

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-12 15:03:15 GMT

Action for Blind People 15 mins · .. Jordyn Castor has been blind since birth, but has never let this limit her. Now, she's a software engineer for Apple, helping make its products accessible for blind users. Link to Mashable website: http://actn.it/29uUjTm [Image shows cartoon graphic of woman holding a cane] This blind Apple engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Apple is reaching blind users — by employing them. mashable.com|By Katie Dupere

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-11 13:16:58 GMT

By 31 July 2016, all healthcare providers must provide information in a format their patients can read. Make sure that your GP knows about the new law and what your requirements are. NHS campaign | RNIB After years of campaigning, in July 2015 the Standards Committee for Care Information, known as SCCI approved the NHS England accessible information standard (1605) which comes into force in July this year. rnib.org.uk

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 13:40:41 GMT

Bath Touch to See Book Club – Changing People’s Lives Looking for Members! A wonderful Club for blind partially sighted and sighted people over the age of 18. A place to develop friendships, share stories and be inspired. We are a Club that meets once a month (every fourth Wednesday) 2-3.30pm in the New Oriel Hall Larkhall, Brookleaze Buildings, Bath, BA1 6RA. If you want to develop long lasting friendships and have a love of art, history and nature and want to be a member please call Maria on 01635 299771 or email: marias@livingpaintings.org

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 00:35:10 GMT

Book review: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez This month's review comes from Talking Book reader Lindsay Armstrong from Merseyside. "This was one of the best books I've read for a while. The story is centred around three women. Sunny, who owns the coffee shop, is an American who comes over with her partner to Afghanistan, but he's away a lot, so she decides to take on this project. "It's also about a widowed and pregnant girl named Yasmina. She lived in the Afghan mountains, but was sold to a drug lord by her uncle to settle a debt. When he discovers her pregnancy, she is discarded onto the streets of Kabul. Sunny is touched by her plight and offers her accommodation and a job at the coffee shop. "The third character is Halajan, the owner of the coffee shop building. She's an independent, feisty and free-thinking woman, but she is restrained by Afghan customs and traditions. She also has a secret. "You learn about the vulnerability of life in Afghanistan – how we're very materialistic in the Western world, but the Afghan people are not. They value their lives more than their properties. We don't realise how lucky we are in the Western world that we are free." I you'd like to review a book, contact the RNIB Connect team on 0303 1234 555. RNIB nominee in the New York International Program Awards The live Talking Book production of Agatha Christie's 'The murder of Roger Ackroyd' has been nominated at the New York International Program Awards in the category of 'Best drama special'. The performance took place at the British Library in November last year to celebrate 80 years of Talking Books. Talking Books are now free. Find out more at rniblibrary.com or call 0303 123 9999.

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 09:09:04 GMT

What's new and improved in audio description? There are many gadgets and services which can make the lives of blind and partially sighted people a little easier. Audio description provides a cultural connection for so many of us. For the first time in 20 years, some of the top names in audio description got together to discuss the future at the Audio Description Association (ADA) conference in Birmingham. Anne Hornsby from Mind's Eye Arts organised this year's conference "The Audio Description Association has been going since 1997. We are a registered charity and all contributors work voluntarily. The challenge is to discuss good practice in terms of attracting audiences." RNIB Trustee and RNIB Connect Communications Panel member Vidar Hjardeng, who was chair of the conference, told us more "Audio description is really useful if you're blind or partially sighted – it describes the overtly visual dimension of a TV programme, theatre production, ballet or other arts event. So it's hugely important and it helps all of us who have sight loss to keep up with the story. "Audio description has revolutionised my own enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. In particular the theatre, which is my own preferred artistic form – from plays, musicals or opera, or even ballet, which was something I thought I wouldn't necessarily appreciate, other than the music. "High quality audio description is crucial. It requires carefully prepared, skilfully timed scripts that are delivered by professional audio describers who can weave in and out of the language, lyrics and dialogue. They provide descriptions of things that fellow sighted members of the audience would see, appreciate and be able to admire or applaud, that blind and partially sighted people simply wouldn't be able to without that spoken description." New technology was discussed, including how it can help improve accessibility for blind and partially sighted people in arts venues and theatres. Anna Jones from RNIB was a contributor "We discussed how low energy Bluetooth beacons, which speak to the Bluetooth on a smart device, could help people get around inside a venue. Descriptive material could also be included, which would give a description of perhaps an object or a painting in front of the user. "This gives people the ability to navigate around, especially in complicated buildings. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London was mentioned, which has 18 split floors. These would be a problem for anyone." Service users also contributed to the discussion around developing audio description, including Sally Nigel-White "There are, of course, some issues with audio description. For example, the headsets can vary – some are more comfortable than others. I found that in ballet, I had to turn the volume up to hear the audio description and then, with the volume turned up, the description was disturbing the people around me. "I'm delighted that audio description is available, because I loved coming to the theatre as a sighted person. I came to the theatre as my sight deteriorated, but at last I came to a production where I missed the salient points of the final act. At that point I decided I had to investigate attending an audio-described performance and having somebody describe what is going on." Find out more To find out more speak with audio description services in your area, call RNIB's helpline on 0303 123 9999, or you could contact your local cinema, theatre, museum or art gallery.

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 09:07:35 GMT

Getting over the technology hurdle Getting online can feel overwhelming, but RNIB has a team of volunteers to help you get started with your tablet, iPad, smartphone or eReader. It's called Online Today, and you'll get your hands-on help at home. Kim Wood is one of Online Today's volunteers tells us how it all works. "Most people want to get used to using a new machine, whether it be an iPad or an iPhone. They'd like to do things like Skype with their families or be able to send emails. "Most people want to know about Apple products. These have a built-in screen reader, VoiceOver, which is handy for people who are totally blind or those with significant sight loss as it can read your emails or texts, tell you exactly what's on the screen and what you can do. It does take a little to learn how to use it – it uses a series of gestures in order to send texts or to create emails. "One of my customers had received an iPad from her son, who'd moved to New Zealand. She really needed to get to grips with Skype to keep in touch with him, but didn't know where to start. So we set up Skype on her machine and practised making and receiving calls. Now when her son calls, she doesn't panic when the machine makes a strange noise. She knows the right keystrokes to speak with her son." Book one-to-one technology support in your home with a trained RNIB volunteer by calling the Online Today team on 0303 123 9999, book online at rnib.org.uk/online-today, or email onlinetoday@rnib.org.uk

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 08:56:19 GMT

Getting started with social media The world of social media – the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – can seem daunting. But with a bit of practice, they can really enhance your life. Kevin Satizabal, our social media guru shares his tips. "I'm the Online Communities Assistant for the Royal London Society for Blind People. I'm totally blind and I use social media at work to promote events. I also and write blogs and news articles for their website. "Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and to keep up-to-date with the latest news. Social media has really levelled the playing field and opened up a lot of doors for me as a blind person. In the past, everyone would always be talking about something that they'd seen in a magazine or on TV, so there were a lot of visual references that I had no access to. Using social media, that's all changed." Getting started "Firstly, you need a computer – Mac or PC – or a smartphone with an app. The most popular forms of social media are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you're into live streaming video from your phone, Periscope is a good tool as it's also accessible." Using the different social networks "Either download the app on your phone for the network you want to use, or if you're on a computer, visit the website – such as facebook.com or twitter.com "Then sign up and add your details, create an account and add your friends. Most have the option for you to look through your email and phone contacts to find the people you know who are already signed up. "Instagram is great for sharing pictures and short 15-second videos. On Twitter you've only got 140 characters to say what you're up to, which makes it a really great platform for live conversations. You'll often see people post a hashtag for a programme on TV. If you tweet using that hashtag, everyone on Twitter following the hashtag, if they've searched for it, will see your tweet. "Facebook is more private than Twitter, so it's a really good for keeping in touch with friends and family." Other useful features "Facebook has released an automatic picture captioning system, so it tries to tell you the contents of any photo that's uploaded. That's great, because often as a blind person we might be tagged in a picture, with people discussing what the picture actually is. Meanwhile, I'd have no idea what they're talking about, so often can't join in. "Also, lots of interesting news stories are shared on Facebook and Twitter, and that causes debate amongst friends. I will see lots of people share a news story and I can quickly comment and join the conversation. The fact that companies are doing their best to make things accessible is really helping visually impaired people to share their opinions." Find out more If you'd like help getting started with technology, our team of volunteers are standing by. Phone the helpline on 0303 123 9999. Follow RNIB on your social networks @RNIB on Twitter and facebook.com/rnibuk

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 08:53:49 GMT

New film on low vision RNIB is aiming to help the public understand how many in the community have useful but lower levels of vision. It's a common belief that sight loss is a black and white issue – you can either see or you can't. It's hoped that a new video – released in August – will help to clear up some general misconceptions. Annalisa Page, who is helping to develop the project, says she regularly has to explain her level of sight to people. "The lollipop man we pass on our way to my son's school gets really confused – he doesn't really understand why sometimes I use my cane and sometimes I don't. I think there is definitely space for a better understanding of partial sight."

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-06 08:46:03 GMT

Community member campaigning for a navigation system at local shopping centre Padma Cheriyan, volunteer campaign coordinator and RNIB Connect community member, has secured funding for the first step in getting a beacon system installed at Centre MK, Milton Keynes. It's hoped this system would help people with sight loss to shop independently, by alerting them to which shop they're passing. Padma hopes her campaign, along with support from other blind and partially sighted people, will convince the management to make the move. "The next step is to get permission from the centre management to hold a demonstration, which we will film and show to the prospective funders for installation throughout the shopping centre."

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 15:33:11 GMT

Former RNIB chairman takes on tandem cycling challenge to raise money for Talking Books Ken Reid, from Berwick, plans to cover 750 miles around all four capital cities of the UK to mark the 30th anniversary of losing his sight. He has the eye condition retinitis pigmentosa. Ken's trip starts in Edinburgh on Friday, 29 July and finishing in London on Friday, 12 August. Support Ken, donate at justgiving.com/cycle75 or text to donate via your mobile phone – text CCLE75 £5 to 70070.

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 15:32:17 GMT

Tactile maps help station navigation Blind and partially sighted train travellers can now independently navigate their way around more UK railway stations, thanks to the arrival of new tactile maps. RNIB worked closely with Virgin Trains to help it become the first train company to install RNIB Maps for all stations on the East Coast route from Berwick to Peterborough. The maps give key information such as the location of platforms, toilets, shops and cafés. They use a mix of raised large print, Braille and tactile symbols – something blind train traveller Kawal Gucukoglu really appreciates. "I'm very pleased that Virgin Trains has taken this step. This means no separate maps for blind and sighted people – just one clear map for everyone."

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 15:31:31 GMT

Google DeepMind is collaborating with Moorfields Eye Hospital on using artificial intelligence to analyse retina scans and spot eye diseases early. Link to The Verge website: http://actn.it/29l2svB [Image shows a scan of the retina of one of the Google DeepMind Health team] Google DeepMind will use machine learning to spot eye diseases early Google's DeepMind is embarking on a new research project to help doctors spot the early signs of sight-threatening eye diseases. theverge.com|By James Vincent

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 14:39:09 GMT

New music from my sight loss Bill Skipworth, 62 is from Sheffield. He told us about the remarkable skill he discovered when he lost his sight. "I began to lose my sight from the age of 36 after a dose of flu – hard to believe, but true - and I do struggle with lots of everyday things. "I was a reasonable pianist as a child, but the trigger was when I went completely blind in my right eye at the age of 50. I suddenly found that if I heard a tune, I could pick it out. I'd eventually harmonise it, and with time I could play it a range of ways. "I developed synaesthesia, which means that all the keys on the piano are like a colour to me and trigger an emotion. For example, the key of C is light or yellow and gives a feeling of innocence and joy. I've now moved into composition. A bit like an artist, I think, 'I'd like a bit of yellow here and a bit of green there'. "Most people talk about the negatives of sight loss, but I see things differently. It's like crushing the leaves of an aromatic plant; you're actually damaging them, but a wonderful aroma comes out. That's what I feel has happened to me. Although my eyesight has been crushed, it's caused something different to come out. "I sometimes wonder – 'If this new ability was taken away and you got your sight back, would you?' – it's such a difficult question, because it is fantastic to be able to do this stuff on the piano."

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 13:17:19 GMT

Kevin Beesting dusted off his old trainers after 25 years and started running again. During that time he lost his sight and he now runs with a guide. Here are some top running tips he picked up along the way. Confessions of an ordinary runner: 9 things they don't tell you | RNIB In response to our recent article on guide running, Connect member Kevin Beesting thinks we missed a few tips out. rnib.org.ukhttp://tinyurl.com/gmnazj7

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 11:23:26 GMT

Have your say on devolution for the West of England Public consultation on the creation of a new West of England Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) - including information on how this combined authority would work and what it means - is now open. This follows the decision of Bristol City Council, along with Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and South Gloucestershire councils, to move forward with a £1 billion devolution deal from Government. The MCA would manage new powers, funding and responsibilities that would be handed from central Government to the region as part of the deal. As a result, more decisions could be made locally, rather than nationally, about spending on regional transport, housing and adult education and skills, for example. The consultation will run from Monday 4 July 2016 until 15 August 2016 and is being run jointly by Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire councils. The results will be considered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will take account of the views of the public when deciding whether the West of England devolution deal should go ahead. The deal will then be subject to final endorsement at a local level. If it is agreed that the MCA should go ahead, it would be established in the first part of 2017, with elections for the position of West of England Mayor to take place across all three local government areas – Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire – in May 2017. How to have your say: • Online: www.westofenglanddevolution.co.uk • Paper copies of the survey will be available from local libraries, Customer Service Points and One Stop Shops from 14 July – or by calling 0117 922 2848. • Other formats such as braille are also available by calling 0117 922 2848. • An audio version is available now on the website above. Please could you help to spread the word to your community group through your online communications and community newsletters? ________________________________________

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-05 09:13:00 GMT

am writing to inform you that HP have initiated a battery safety recall which may affect some laptops in use across the group. We need your help to identify these laptop batteries, and facilitate in their recall and replacement. HP has notified us they plan to recall a batch of notebook computer batteries following a voluntary safety recall and replacement program. Further to instruction from HP we ask customers to perform the following steps to validate if your notebook battery is affected: 1. Go to the HP Battery Recall website at: http://www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2016 <https://e.misco.eu/pub/cc?_ri_=X0Gzc2X%3DYQpglLjHJlYQGlpJpj8RPHy9Dy1UgKClJu3zbIzcFTTlvNGgLY9CgzeBEKuyzdoeofVXtpKX%3DSRRBUWBW&_ei_=EolaGGF4SNMvxFF7KucKuWNdhlAp8aDD7Mi8Hso0EfOTeirl4xGPMmiRzgpSmhFLvNghV3qIewMIqbtGa63wSVlX6w.> to validate your notebook battery. 2. Scroll to the bottom on the page and select Option B - Validate Manually 3. On the next page enter all of the details requested on the form then select - Validate - Both of the requested numbers can be found by removing the battery from the laptop * Notebook Product Name - Found inside the opening facets of the laptop body and screen. * Notebook Serial Number - Found in the battery recess after battery removal. * Battery bar code number - Found on the battery after removal. If the validation process indicates that a battery is affected, you should cease use of the battery immediately (Do Not replace back in the laptop) and send details of the test including the following information to the service desk in a REPLY to this ITHELPDESK email: Note: The laptop will continue to operate without the battery in place when the power supply is plugged in. * Notebook Product Name * Notebook Serial Number * Battery bar code number If the validation process indicates that the battery is unaffected, you should respond to this ITHELPDESK email by hitting REPLY to confirm you have validated and are unaffected by this recall. We need to track and record all responses so we know that everyone's laptop has been checked, this is to not just protect you, but those around you also. If you are a visually impaired user please contact the Service Desk, we will then arrange a site engineer to perform the checks if support is required. IT Helpdesk External: 01733 375375 Internal: 501 5375

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 15:52:54 GMT

By 31 July 2016, all healthcare providers must provide information in a format their patients can read. Make sure that your GP knows about the new law and what your requirements are. NHS campaign | RNIB After years of campaigning, in July 2015 the Standards Committee for Care Information, known as SCCI approved the NHS England accessible information standard (1605) which comes into force in July this year. rnib.org.uk

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 15:34:12 GMT

July 2016 e-bulletin Dear Network Colleagues Welcome to the Healthwatch South Gloucestershire e-bulletin which combines with the following Care Forum South Gloucestershire Networks: Adults and CYP health and social care, mental health and older people. Our e-bulletin is packed with news, events and web links, just click on the coloured links. Visit our new feedback website to review health and care services in South Gloucestershire www.healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk Click to open the full interactive e-bulletin This issue contains: • Healthwatch South Gloucestershire open public meeting – primary care Wednesday 27 July 2 - 4pm • Healthwatch update: Quarter two theme: Mental health • Cossham hospital visit report • Sharing learning and experience across the region • Help to represent the public voice as a Healthwatch volunteer • NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) newsletter • The Care Forum update • New partnership to submit proposal for children’s community health services • Oral health promotion strategy 2016-21 - a joint consultation between Bristol, North Somerset, B&NES and South Gloucestershire • South Gloucestershire’s First Contact scheme • South Gloucestershire Child Injury Prevention newsletter • New Dementia guide to services • Summer news from The Vassall Centre • South Gloucestershire Council launches new Community Engagement Forums • Community grants consultation Training • Mental health and human rights learning event Wednesday 21 September • Multi-agency autism training programme 2016/17 Open the full e-bulletin or download from our website Please do send your information and news via email - healthwatchsouthglos@thecareforum.org.uk Information about and booking forms for The Care Forum's forthcoming events are available at www.thecareforum.org

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 15:16:25 GMT

Independent Living Service The Royal British Legion’s Independent Living Service covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer beneficiaries a high quality, friendly and professional service to live safe and well at home. In the Bristol area, the Independent Living Service comprises of two services; the Independent Living Advice Service and the ‘WE Care and Repair’ handy person service. We offer support face to face, over the telephone and email to help beneficiaries work towards goals that are important to them. This means we could help with: • Specialist Information and Advice-About Independent Living Options • Aids and Adaptations • Assistance with Disabled Facilities Grants and Challenges • Small maintenance jobs • Home safety checks • Winter warmth checks • Help and support to navigate social services • Help and support to challenge decisions • Help to address isolation and loneliness • Information on local services • Setting up your own social groups • Help to understand your rights and speak up Who can use this Service? A beneficiary is anybody who has served, is currently serving in the armed forces or are a carer, dependent, spouse or partner of someone who is serving or has served. Making Contact Call our friendly contact centre on: 0808 802 8080- Open 8am-8pm- 7 days a week Or visit one of our pop in centres: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/the-legion-near-you/

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 10:46:34 GMT

Dear Parent Carers, **** BRISTOL PARENT CARERS' MONTHLY CENTRAL SUPPORT GROUP **** Are you a parent or guardian caring for a child with special needs, disabilities or a life limiting condition living in Bristol? Come and join us Wednesday 6th July at our support group and meet other parent carers in a safe and confidential space. We offer: * A friendly informal setting to laugh, chat and share experiences * Participation events * Advice, information and help to fill in forms * Free relaxing 15 minute therapy with a trained therapist * Free Refreshments WHEN. Wednesday 6th July WHERE. Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Ave, Lawrence Hill BS5 9LT TIME. 10.30 am to 12.30 pm TRANSPORT. Free car park. Buses 6 and 7 stop outside, 41 - 45 stops nearby on Church Rd,Lawrence Hill train station is nearby and we close to the cycle path If you require other travel arrangements - call us on 0845 6420124 Advance dates for your diaries are Wednesday 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec same time, same place! We also run a support group in North West Bristol at The Green Rooms, the Greenway Centre, Southmead - 10.15 to 12.15 Advance dates for this group are Wednesday July 20th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 14th Both groups are run on a drop - in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead just come along. We reimburse travel and childcare costs but please bring receipts. Thanks See you on the 6th Judy, Maria and Helen - facilitators

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 09:53:24 GMT

◾On Tue 5 July you can take part in Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness - an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) and interactive companion project to the documentary that allows users to access a world of blindness in an exploratory, user-led experience. Entry to the VR project is free and will be on a drop in basis. Each experience lasts for 30mins and will run throughout the day between 14:00 - 21:00 in Waterside 1. ◾Action for Blind People will also be in attendance with an information desk between 14:00 - 19:00 on Tue 5 July to talk about their work providing free practical and emotional advice and support to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and families.

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 09:15:53 GMT

Bristol Old Vic project have made a superb documentary for radio about a school for the blind in Finland. http://joeacheson.com/sounds-of-snow-and-ice

Published Action for Blind People Bristol on 2016-07-04 08:22:11 GMT

◾On Tue 5 July you can take part in Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness - an innovative Virtual Reality (VR) and interactive companion project to the documentary that allows users to access a world of blindness in an exploratory, user-led experience. Entry to the VR project is free and will be on a drop in basis. Each experience lasts for 30mins and will run throughout the day between 14:00 - 21:00 in Waterside 1. ◾Action for Blind People will also be in attendance with an information desk between 14:00 - 19:00 on Tue 5 July to talk about their work providing free practical and emotional advice and support to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and families.