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In Touch: Isolation; Echolocation

6/22/2021
Isolation; Echolocation

Duration:00:20:00

Isolation; Echolocation

6/22/2021
The disability charity Sense are calling on the Government and local communities to prioritise disabled people as the country plans its way out of the Coronavirus restrictions. It's been laid out in their ‘Left out of Life’ report, which reveals the extent to which people feel worried about going out and anxious about measures like social distancing. We speak to the charity’s CEO, Richard Kramer. Echolocation has long been endorsed as a way of helping people who are blind or partially...

Duration:00:18:50

In Touch: Accessible Covid Testing; Working from Home

6/15/2021
Accessible Covid Testing; Working from Home

Duration:00:20:00

Accessible Covid Testing; Working from Home

6/15/2021
Rapid lateral flow tests for Covid-19 were criticised earlier in the year for not being accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. The government promised to do better, but did it happen? Spectators are making a welcome return to some of the big sporting events of the summer, including Test matches and the European Football Championship, but they are only allowed into stadiums if they can show proof of a negative lateral flow test or double vaccination. Are you itching to get...

Duration:00:18:53

Lighting in the Home; E-scooters Pt 2

6/9/2021
Getting the right lighting in the home can be life-changing for people who are blind or visually impaired. Tonight we get a preview of a new guide due to be published by the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust which gives solutions to some common lighting problems. We invited one of our listeners, who emailed in about the subject, to put the questions to the author. And, after a big response from you on our item about e-scooters, we speak to one of the three operators of the trials...

Duration:00:19:35

A Genetics Special

6/2/2021
In this special programme, we examine the role genetics plays in both the inheritance of sight loss and its future treatment. We hear about the latest breakthrough reported in the journal 'Nature Medicine' in which the vision of a completely blind man was partially restored using light-sensing proteins first found in algae. He was treated with a type of therapy called optogenetics, which uses the proteins to control cells at the back of his eye. And we discuss the merits of gene testing with...

Duration:00:19:51

Electric Scooters; Fans Return to Stadia

5/25/2021
New figures show there have been over 200 injuries and 1,100 complaints to local authorities since the trial of electric scooters began in 50 towns and cities across the UK. Sight loss charities are calling for stricter enforcement of existing regulations to keep people who are blind or visually impaired safe. And we speak to blind or visually impaired football fans as they make a welcome return to stadia.

Duration:00:18:49

A Technology Special

5/18/2021
The pandemic has accelerated our use of the digital world, meaning accessible websites and apps have never been more important. So who's doing it well and who could do better? We've been collating your examples of website accessibility and put them to Robin Christopherson from AbilityNet, who offer advice for companies and public bodies on making their online platforms suitable for people who are blind or visually impaired. Also - we review the latest software to be included on the Amazon...

Duration:00:18:45

Voting; Extreme Sports

5/11/2021
Up until now it's been virtually impossible for people who are blind or visually impaired to cast their vote completely privately. But new technology trialled at polling booths in Norfolk last week could change all that. We hear from someone who took part. And after recovering from meningitis, a double lung transplant and seven cornea operations, Sam Roberts talks to Peter White about his newfound love of extreme sports.

Duration:00:18:52

The Language of Disability

5/4/2021
How does language affect how we view disability; and who gets to decide what words we should use? Peter White discusses the changing terminology around visual impairment following a report by the charity Leonard Cheshire showing that nearly three quarters of disabled people feel more needs to be done for non-disabled people to understand that their words can offend. Presenter: Peter White Producer: Simon Hoban

Duration:00:18:41

Applying for Jobs; Going out after Lockdown

4/27/2021
Only one in four registered blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment and on tonight's programme we hear one woman's struggle to get a job. Angharad Paget Jones applied for 2,000 jobs and had 200 interviews before she was offered a position - and she believes discrimination was sometimes to blame. And now that restrictions are easing, how are you feeling about going out and about again? Lots of us have lost a bit of confidence in the pandemic - we hear from two...

Duration:00:18:43

Missed Appointments; Moving House

4/20/2021
We speak to the woman whose sight deteriorated in the pandemic because her appointment was cancelled. And what are the very specific challenges for blind and visually impaired people when it comes to moving house? From labelling boxes to scoping out the new area, we hear from three listeners who've done it - and have some tips on how to make sure it goes smoothly.

Duration:00:18:52

Habilitation Report; Blind Footballer

4/13/2021
Habilitation gives young people who are visually impaired crucial life skills, such as mobility and auditory training, to help them develop confidence and live their lives. But a new report has laid bare the chronic shortage of habilitation officers and revealed a patchwork of services provided by local authorities in England. One local council provided habilitation support to just 3% of the children and young people with vision impairment in their area, and another provided this service to...

Duration:00:18:55

Guide Dog DNA; Blind Mountain Biker

4/6/2021
3,000 puppies are to have their DNA sequenced via sailva swabs in order to build a database that will help improve the success rate of fully established working guide dogs. The 'Born to Guide' project is being led by Dr Tom Lewis, who told us how the database will establish links between dog genetics, health and behaviour. And we meet Xavier Hopkins - the visually impaired mountain biker who makes a mental map of the courses he rides, before hurtling down them at very high speeds.

Duration:00:18:45

A Transport Special - Buses and Trains; Audio Cookbooks

3/30/2021
The Government's promised £3 billion pounds to transform bus services in England as part of its 'Bus Back Better' plan. But how much of the money is dedicated to improving accessibility? Our reporter Fern Lulham has been finding out whether services like talking buses are soon to become commonplace across the country. Meanwhile thousands of rail staff have been undergoing training to help them understand the appropriate help to offer people who are disabled. And find out what happens when...

Duration:00:18:46

Accessible Covid Information; Amazon Fresh; Telephone Betting

3/23/2021
Sarah Leadbetter, from Narborough in Leicestershire, is classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. However government correspondence advising her to shield was not sent in a format she could access - which she argued was discrimination. After her legal challenge, the government has agreed to review its communication with disabled people. While shops on the High Street are closing, Amazon has opened a new one - with a difference. Billed as 'contactless' and utilising the firm's app, shoppers...

Duration:00:18:50

Telephone Banking; TikTok Trolls

3/16/2021
The way banks work has been hugely affected by Coronavirus, with customers encouraged to go online and keep visits to the already dwindling number of branches to a minimum. Telephone banking has also changed, with an increased reliance on voice-activated technology rather than keypad entry. We ask whether those changes have helped with accessibility. And following our recent story about the online trolls who doubted the existence of Helen Keller, we hear from one user of social media who's...

Duration:00:18:43

Braille library upgrade; Census 2021; Charles Bonnet Syndrome

3/9/2021
The RNIB have announced big changes to their braille library service. From next month braille books will be smaller, slimmer and newly printed on demand. Users won't even have to return the books but can instead choose to upgrade by buying a more robust spiral-bound version. The new Census 2021 forms are dropping through letterboxes and the organisers, the Office for National Statistics, are promising it will be the most accessible yet. We'll hear from their Deputy National Statistician Iain...

Duration:00:18:44

Testing your vision at home with Moorfield Eye Hospital's app; More tips from writers

3/2/2021
When attending hospital appointments became so difficult during the pandemic, Moorfields Eye Hospital developed an app that allows you to keep track of your vision at home. It links the user up with a specialist who can monitor the results for any changes and decide whether a face-to-face appointment is really necessary. We get the verdict of one listener who's been using it. And after our recent interview with visually impaired writers sharing their experiences of getting published, we hear...

Duration:00:18:49

The Death Of Blind Rail User Cleveland Gervais

2/23/2021
We focus on the death of Cleveland Gervais. Cleveland was blind and, one year ago, he fell from the platform edge and was struck by a train at Eden Park Station in South East London. There was no tactile paving strip on the edge of the platform he fell from. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has now released its report into what happened. We hear from the Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents Simon French, Cleveland's partner Sekha Hall, rail safety expert Clive Wood from Guide Dogs and...

Duration:00:19:04