In Touch: News for Blind People

In Touch: News for Blind People

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.

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Recent episodes (5)

  • InTouch 25 Nov 14: Macular disease drugs; Anti-TFN drugs

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    30 days remaining

    Peter White talks to Michael Burdon, Vice President of the Royal College of Ophthalmogists which is calling for a review of the drug Avastin, one of the drugs currently used to treat the eye condition Macular Disease. Also, Rea Mattocks has a rare eye condition and expressed her concern that the cost of not funding the drugs to treat people like her is a greater long term drain on the public purse, than if the drugs were to be funded.

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  • InTouch 18 Nov 14: Pocklington Trust - DVD 'Living with Failing Sight'

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    Peter Corbett CEO of the Pocklington Trust and Bruce Moore CEO of Housing and Care 21 talk about the future plans for Pocklington Rise, which currently provides specialist housing and care for blind and partially-sighted people. Listener Doreen Tyler expressed concern that the residents might lose the specialist services currently afforded to them by the Trust. Also, Richard Cox talks about a DVD he has produced to help people with failing sight.

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  • InTouch 11 Nov 14: Self-driving cars - Cities Unlocked trial

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    The first UK trials of self-drive cars are soon to happen. Reporter Jane Taylor talks to Steve Mahan, who has experienced one for himself. Peter White is joined by transport activist Kirsten Hearn to discuss whether they’ll be the answer for visually impaired people. Also, reporter Tom Walker has been out to trial a new wayfinding initiative which is meant to gives visually impaired people a 3D soundscape of information around them. Peter talks to Mike May, founder of The Sendero Group which develops personal wayfinding about the future of this new initiative in public places.

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  • InTouch 04 Nov 14: Access to Work - White cane rage

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    Access to Work grant - the Work and Pensions Parliamentary select committee has just completed an investigation into the operation and effectiveness of the scheme. Peter White speaks to two blind piano tuners, who say they've had a variety of problems with delayed payments, customer service and the lack of disability-specific advisors; Philip Connolly of Disability Rights UK explains what other employment groups of visually impaired people are telling them, and concerns are put to Mark Harper, Minister for Disabled People. Also, listener Mike Lambert shares his experience of ‘white cane pedestrian rage’.

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  • InTouch 28 Oct 14: Audible Pedestrian Signals - Blind Storyteller

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Audible pedestrian crossings: are they disappearing? And are they safe? Peter White talks to Traffic Signals Consultant Richard Bishop, Professor of Inclusive Environment Peter Barker, and Gavin Neate designer of the Neatebox app. Also, Giles Abbott talks about his career as a blind storyteller.

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