Voting Requirements; Smart Energy; Visual Snow
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by BBC Radio 4
5d ago
2024 promises to be hugely significant for political change around the world, with more than eighty countries planning to head to the polls. The UK being one of them. This year will see not only a general election, but local elections and others. Niki Nixon is from The Electoral Commission, and she provides details of what visually impaired people need to consider before voting, especially regarding photographic ID. We examine your experiences with energy companies and AIHDs and we answer a listeners question: what is Visual Snow Syndrome? Dr Sui Wong, consultant neurologist and neuro-ophthalm ..read more
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Blind Baseball and Morris Dancing
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
Tonight's edition challenges any idea that there are limits to the ways in which visually impaired people can have fun! Shiraz Cohan is the founder of the UK Blind Baseball Association. He joins us with Lancashire Lions team mate Shoaib Nazir and Ray Clements from the Liverpool blind Trojans. They tell us how the sport has been adapted to make it accessible to blind and visually impaired people and what is being done to grow the number of UK teams. The UK Blind Baseball Association can be contacted by email at ukblindbaseball@gmail.com So X sighted is the catchy name of what's thought to be th ..read more
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20/02/2024
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted ..read more
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YouGov Poll on Employment
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by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
A recent YouGov poll, commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, has found that many employers do not have inclusive employment practices. This may not come as a surprise to many blind and partially sighted people who have experienced employment or are seeking employment and so we assess what needs to happen in order to dispel the persistent misconceptions and to ensure more employment opportunities for visually impaired people. To help us tackle this decade-long problem, we turned to Marsha De Cordova who is MP for Battersea and Chair of the All Par ..read more
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Blind baseball and morris dancing
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by BBC Radio 4
3w ago
Can blind people play baseball or be morris dancers? Of course they can ..read more
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Local sight loss charities; Doctor Who
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Local sight loss charities exist throughout the UK to provide practical and emotional support to blind and visually impaired people. We wanted to learn more about the services they offer and the challenges they face. Fiona Sandford is the CEO of Visionary, the membership organisation for these charities and she joins us to answer our questions. The immensely popular BBC programme Doctor Who recently celebrated it's 60th anniversary. We look at how the show has been made more accessible to its many blind fans and speak to some of the people who have made it happen. Presenter: Peter White Produc ..read more
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Accessible smart meters, A blast from the past!
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Accessible In Home Displays (AIHDs) work with Smart Meters so that blind and visually impaired people can more easily monitor their use of energy. Their features include large buttons, high contrast displays and text to speech functions. Around a year ago, we looked at complaints from listeners about problems in obtaining AIHDs from their supplier and were hopeful that the issue had been resolved. However, it's clear that some problems remain. We speak to a listener who contacted us about their recent experience and we also hear from their energy supplier. Our other guest on this edition is no ..read more
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Representation in Parliament
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
With a general election a certainty at some point this year, two recent developments have alarmed organisations representing disabled people. Before 2020, there was a fund that provided financial aid to disabled people running for elective office, but that fund has not yet been reinstated. And also: its being argued that in the Prime Minister's latest cabinet reshuffle, the role of Minister for Disabled People has been downgraded. We discuss what these developments mean for visually impaired people. Helping us do that is Lord Blunkett, Steve Darling, who will be running to be the MP of Torbay ..read more
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Pavement Parking
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
The Transport (Scotland) Act has been in place since 2019, which includes a nation-wide ban of parking cars on pavements. But only in December 2023 were local councils across Scotland given the powers to enforce fines of up to £100 to people doing so. Some local councils are saying that they need more funding and resources to be able to conduct assessments of their streets and to implement enforcement. We put this to Scotland's Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop and we hear from visually impaired resident of Glasgow about how pavement parking impacts her everyday journeys. Meanwhile, The Thomas P ..read more
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The Blind Chocolatier
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by BBC Radio 4
2M ago
Stuart Hann is The Blind Chocolatier and he has a small shop in the Lake District. Stuart worked as a pastry Chef before he was diagnosed with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy in 2015. It is a rare eye condition that impacts his central vision. Stuart is now registered legally blind and uses various adaptations in his kitchen and shop to create a variety of artisan chocolates. Here at In Touch we love chocolate and so we couldn't resist paying him a visit to hear about his process and, most importantly, to sample some of his work. Presenter: Peter White Producer: Beth Hemmings Production Co ..read more
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