This section provides useful links for children, young people and families all across the United Kingdom.
It has been split into three main headings: useful websites, UK charities and LOOK bloggers. This provides ease of access for blind and vision impaired people using a screen-reader.
Robobraille This allows people to convert files into other formats. For example, converting a word document into audio. This website is especially useful if you have to read a long document or for different methods of revising.
Load2Learn They provide books in accessible formats for blind and visually impaired people and other disabilities such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Blind or visually impaired people can access the books in PDF format or sometimes in word format and read them with a screen-reader or magnifier.
RNIB Overdrive This allows blind and vision impaired people to loan talking books, EBooks, talking magazines and podcasts from RNIB’s library. It is available on smartphones, tablets and computers. The overdrive service is also available for other libraries, for example a library in your local area.
Cool Blind Tech This website gives you the latest information on assistive technology – news, reviews and podcasts.
Apple Vis This website is designed especially for blind and vision impaired people who use Apple products. It provides you the latest news, reviews, information on new products/iOS and OSX updates, podcasts, blogs and it has a forum where users can ask any questions about any apple product or app.
RLSB (Royal London Society for Blind People)technology RLSB have a tech hub, offering some great tips on assistive technology. Be sure to check out their other services as well!
Paths to Technology Paths to Technology is a Perkins website, it has been designed to assist educators, families and students with visual impairments and blindness in learning and staying current on ever-changing technology.
Paths to Literacy They provide resources for families and educators for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Positive Eye Provides education and training for professionals working with blind and visually impaired people in the UK.
Wonder Baby Provides advice, support and resources for parents of blind/visually impaired and disabled children.
The Vision Foundation A support network for families of children with visual impairments who may also have additional learning difficulties and/or disabilities, in the Barnsley district.
Toy Like Me Celebrating children with disabilities in toys.
Able Magazine Disability lifestyle magazine.
BBC – Disability News TheBBC’s dedicated news page for all disability stories.
BBC Ouch! The BBC’s dedicated page for disability podcasts.
Disabled World News and articles about disability.
Disabled Go Access Guides Access guides for venues and locations in the UK.
VocalEyes A company that provide audio described performances, touch tours and accessible visual arts productions to blind and visually impaired people.
Blind Mums Connect A support network for blind and visually impaired mums in the UK.
Through Scarlett’s Eyes A support network for families of blind and visually impaired children.
RNIB RNIB offer a wide range of services for people affected by sight loss, these include:
- advice and support
- Emotional support
- Advice for professionals
- Library service
- Shop where you can buy a whole range of items, from games to canes
- Help with technology
And so much more!
Action For Blind People Action For Blind People offer a whole selection of services that include:
- Independent living support and courses on technology, employment and community services
- Children, young people and families services in your local area provide opportunities and events.
- Resource centres where you can buy products and have access to advice, information and productdemonstrations.
- Mobile information service
- Vision hotels
Guide Dogs Provide mobility and freedom for blind and visually impaired people. They also campaign for the rights of blind and visually impaired people, educate the public and fund research.
Blind Children UK They offer services to families affected by sight loss.
Their services include:
- Specialist Education Support
- Family Supports
- CustomEyes which is a specialist bespoke book service.
- ICT and grants
Victa VICTA provides support to children and young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families.
RLSB Provide education, training, employment support for blind and partially sighted people.
Blind In Business A charity which provides help, support and training for blind and vision impaired university graduates to compete equally with sighted candidates for good jobs.
Living Paintings A great charity that produces a wide selection of touch to see books for blind and vision impaired people of all ages.
The Amber Trust They help blind and visually impaired people reach their musical goals and reach their full potential. They provide funding for music software, equipment and lessons.
Scope Fighting for disabled people to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Why Not People Members club for disabled people. Hosting accessible live music gigs exclusively for members and their mates.
VI Talk Vi Talk is a registered charity that shares ideas,and information and also provides help and support relating to all things blindness/visual impairment.
Calibre Audio Library A national charity that provides a subscription free postal service of audio books for people with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities.
Infosound Providing impartial advice on living with sight loss.
In-vision Furthering research into Infantile Nystagmus (IN).
For more useful resources, our Project Worker Holly has an extensive list on her blog which she often updates. You can read the full list here.
You can learn more about our LOOK bloggers and read their posts on the blog section of our website.
Here are the links to their own personal blogs:
Holly Life of a Blind Girl
Lucy Yesterdays Wishes
Sass Thinking Out Loud