News, views and information for people who are blind or visually impaired. Presented by Peter White every Tuesday evening from 20:40 on BBC Radio 4.
Wed, 4 Dec 13
28 days remaining
Two listeners describe their experiences of having trained their own guide dogs from puppy to fully-fledged working dog. They are calling on the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association to provide minimum standards for owner trained guide dogs as well as develop a policy on providing support and accreditation. This week's guest presenter Gary O'Donoghue, Radio 4's Chief Political Correspondent, takes a tactile tour of the Houses of Parliament, availing himself of the rare chance to sit on The Woolsack in the House of Lords and orate from the Speaker's chair.
Wed, 27 Nov 13
21 days remaining
Peter White talks to Neil Heslop, RNIB's Solutions Director, about his plans to change the way Talking Book Services are delivered. Neil McLachlan and Kirsten Hearn voice their concern that some of the specialist services will be lost and that older users of the services may find accessing the audio more challenging with the emphasis being put onto digital media.
Wed, 20 Nov 13
14 days remaining
Peter White talks to Clara Eaglen, from RNIB and Helen Jackman from the Macular Society about the overly long waiting lists for initial eye treatment for people with various eye conditions. The RNIB has produced a survey which reveals that eye clinicians are over-stretched and cannot keep up with the demand for appointments. The Macular Society has contacted every Clinical Commissioning Groups in England and Wales and found that guidance from the Royal College of Ophthalmology is not being adhered to and some patients are having to wait weeks longer for treatment than the guidance stipulates. Lee Kumutat meets John Perry a blind tarot card reader who explains how he does his work.
Wed, 13 Nov 13
7 days remaining
Peter White talks to Hetal Bapodra about her experience of using her DLA Higher Rate Mobility payment against a Motability vehicle. Tony Shearman reports on an Action for Blind People two day rehabilitation course for newly blind people. Tony is keen to hear from people who were at Manor House in Torquay, when he was there on a three month residential rebab course in 1988. If you were there do contact us here at In Touch.
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