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Useful Links

This section provides useful links for children, young people and families all across the United Kingdom.

It has been split into four main headings: useful websites, UK charities, sight loss and mental health, and LOOK bloggers. This provides ease of access for blind and vision impaired people using a screen-reader.

 

Useful websites

Sightline is an online directory of people, services and organisations that help blind and partially sighted people in the UK

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Ucan Productions UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends. Come join us, have fun and make friends. No experience necessary.

 

UK Charities

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!

 

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.

 

Victa VICTA provides support to children and young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families.

 

RSBC Provide education, training, employment support and many other services for blind and partially sighted people.

 

Blind in Business Blind in Business help people who are blind or have partial sight into work. Our Training and Employment Services help you to identify and achieve your ambitions. We offer help and support with finding work, the interview process, and obtaining equipment to help you succeed. We also support employers in hiring and working with people with visual impairments .

 

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.

 

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.

VIEW –  is a registered charity. It is the professional membership association for QTVIs (Qualified Teachers of children and young people with vision impairment), and everyone supporting children and young people with vision impairment, including SLTs, LSAs, mobility and habilitation specialists, and trainee QTVIs. It helps professionals support the education, development and opportunities of the children they work with. It champions best practice, and promotes the specialist VI education sector – representing the interests of children and young people with vision impairment.

 

Sight Loss and Mental Health

Here at LOOK, we recognise how important mental health can be, and know that sight loss can be a factor. We have provided some useful links regarding mental health.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity.

Childline offer a range of advice, support, and facts on all aspects of mental health.

The Mix provide a range of information, advice, and resources on all aspects of mental health.

Coming to terms with sight loss – RNIB provide a list of the various feelings that people may feel when they lose their vision. They also provide information on their Counselling service and other support services that they offer.

 

LOOK Bloggers

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:
Life of a Blind Girl
Thinking Out Loud – Sassy Style

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