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Author: Sarah Anderson

Petition to make pavement parking illegal

Guide Dogs is calling on the Government to make it illegal for people to park on pavements to protect vulnerable pedestrians from having to walk out onto the road. The charity has launched a new petition urging the Government to make pavement parking illegal, except in certain areas allowed by local councils. Cars parked on pavements pose a serious danger to people with sight loss and many other pedestrians, including wheelchair users, older people and parents with pushchairs, by forcing them out onto the road. The petition comes after MPs debated a proposal to make it an offence to...

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New book aims to change people’s perceptions of disability

A NEW book aims to help change people’s attitudes towards disability so people see ability and not disability. Mike Brace CBE DL has released his second book, ‘Don’t Ask Me, Ask the Dog!: The autobiography of Mike Brace CBE DL: Part 2’, on Amazon. The book follows the publication of Mike’s first book, ‘Where There’s a Will’, in 1980. Mike, who is visually impaired, is a founding member of Metro Blind Sport and former Paralympic Cross Country skier, among various other positions he holds. Mike said the new book covered from when he was featured as the subject on the television show...

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Group of visually impaired people hit the ski slopes

A GROUP of blind and partially sighted people hit the slopes to go skiing and sledging recently. East London Vision (ELVis), in partnership with Metro Blind Sport (Metro), took 17 blind and partially sighted people, along with volunteers and ELVis and Metro staff, to the Snozone Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday 28 January. When they arrived at the centre, the participants kitted up in their ski jackets and bottoms ready to go sledging or skiing, before swapping to the other activity after lunch. Some of the more experienced skiers in the group had the opportunity to show off their...

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CEO Blog February

I’m pleased to report that the England Vision Strategy national conference on January 26 was a great success! The conference was sold out and we had more than 170 delegates from the Eye Health and Sight Loss sector in attendance. There were more Local Eye Health Network (LEHN) chairs in the room than are seen at other events except for their own meetings – a fantastic turn out all round! We heard some inspiring success stories, facilitated valuable discussions during our panel sessions about how things are tracking at the national and regional levels, and we reported on the...

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VISION 2020 UK launches eye health and sight loss podcast

VISION 2020 UK has launched a monthly podcast which will delve into the major issues facing the eye health and sight loss sector. The umbrella organisation, which leads collaboration in the sector, will use the new platform to explore topics through expert analysis, opinion and debate. The podcast is intended to be an educational forum for service users, carers, professionals and those with no knowledge of the topics. Hosted by John Welsman, Guide Dogs Policy Business Partner, the monthly podcasts will focus on one topic or interview per episode, highlighting the work of VISION 2020 UK Standing Committees, as well...

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