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Introducing blind tennis to Germany

METRO Blind Sport will serve up an ace when it introduces blind tennis into Germany. Metro Blind Sport Chair Amanda Green and its Tennis Committee Chair Odette Battarel are travelling to Cologne this weekend to hold a blind tennis workshop for Deutscher Blinden-und Sehbehindertenverband e.V. (DBSV), the German Blind and Visually Impaired Association. Blind Tennis was developed in Japan by a man named Takei Miyoshi more than 30 years ago but it still hasn’t hit many countries, including Germany, around the world. Odette, SELVis Project Development Manager, said blind tennis, which was also known as Soundball Tennis, was played...

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Find a running guide database launched

ADULTS with vision impairment will be able to get active more easily after British Blind Sport and England Athletics launched Find a Guide, a national guide runner database. The database is an online tool for anyone aged over 18 with a visual impairment to help them find a licenced running guide – someone who has been DBS checked and attended an England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop – in their local area. The launch of Find a Guide is part of a national push by the British Blind Sport and England Athletics to support more visually...

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Social media now using alternative text for images

THEY say a picture speaks a thousand words. Now pictures on Facebook and Twitter can speak to people who have vision impairment. The social media companies have launched new technologies so people with sight loss can be included in the photo sharing trend that has swept the world. According to Facebook, people share more than two billion photos across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp every day. But with almost two million people in the UK living with some form of sight loss, many people may feel excluded from the conversation around photos. Facebook, whose daily login rate has risen...

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Ryan Jones to run London Marathon for East London Vision

Ryan Jones will be running to help people with sight loss when he takes on the London Marathon this weekend. Ryan, who has vision impairment, is running the 26 miles from Blackheath and Greenwich Park to St James Park on Sunday, April 24 in support of East London Vision (ELVis). ELVis aims to improve access to support and services for people with sight loss living in the seven boroughs of East London to improve their quality of life and increase individual independence. Ryan has already raised more than £1000 of the £2000 he hopes to raise for ELVis. It’s...

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Looking After Your Sight

Many of us take our senses for granted without fully appreciating what an intrinsic part they play in our day-to-day lives. Being able to see the world around us is a wonderful gift, which when taken away or affected – especially when we least expect it – can change life dramatically. Social studies have shown that sight is the sense that people would find the most difficult to lose – and indeed adapt to life without – followed closely by hearing. To experience a visual impairment can be shocking, upsetting, and ultimately disruptive to life in general – Thomas Pocklington...

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