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Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Eyes

  Daniel Williams looks at the importance of maintaining good eye health Healthy eyes Most of us are good at attending a GP practice or dentist but visiting an optician to check we have healthy eyes often gets left, even though it’s one of the most important appointments we can attend. One of the important...
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Daniel’s Guide Dog Refusals

Daniel Williams of Visualise Training and Consultancy talks about guide dog refusal that he has experienced over the last week.   Four weeks being a guide dog owner and I thought I would finally be independent and more confident. I am to a certain degree however, society is already putting barriers in my way to...
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My New Guide Dog

I am writing a blog to highlight the ‘highs’ and hopefully not too many ‘lows’ of my experience having a guide dog. My first 14 days How excited am I! I have never owned a pet dog, let alone a guide dog, and having been on the list waiting for a suitable guide dog for...
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Barriers faced by students with visual impairments at university – Callum’s story

Support via the DSA is often a key factor in whether a student is successful at university or not.  Generally, I was happy with the support I received via the DSA.  My assessor was quick to understand my needs and was happy to recommend for me to have a braille note and a Mac.  However,...
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Barriers faced by students with a Visual Impairment at Universities – Cindy’s Story

After enrolment on the course, it took until the course began to establish who would be funding my DSA support as it could have been either NHS social Care Bursaries or Student Finance England.  This I found to be very stressful as it was not even clear if my support would be funded for some...
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Barriers faced by university students with visual impairments – Kerry’s story

About Me When you think about students it is likely that the image that comes to mind is of the younger person (18 – 22 years old), recently having finished their A Levels and now embarking on the next stage of their academic development.  If that is your idea of a student, prepare to have...
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A blind users view on website accessibility

Website accessibility is very important to me, as I pretty much do everything online, and when a site is not accessible with my assistive technology this not only irritates me, but effectively bars me from using certain companies or services. The worst cases are when a website is inaccessible and there is a booking or...
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Don’t be shy online, 285 million customers waiting to buy!

It’s Christmas time and I’m keen to shop online. I have list of items and money to spend, burning a hole in my pocket. My family and friends are going to be so excited and proud when I surprise them with unexpected gifts. I fire up my laptop and start shopping. I manage to find...
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Guest Blog – Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability

Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability As a screen reader user, having access to websites that cater for visually impaired users/customers is important. Why? There are several reasons; firstly, there are many types of visual impairment and the type of visual impairment can affect the way someone views a website.   Someone may have some useful...
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Guest Blogger – My Experience as a Blind Customer

My name is Callum Russell. I am blind since birth and make use of a long cane. I suffer from a condition called Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, which means that I have no light or colour perception. In other words, I don’t see anything. However, I have never allowed my disability to hold me back. I...
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