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Scottish referendum; Accessible heating; Listener feedback

Chair of RNIB Scotland tells Peter White what might change for visually impaired people if Scotland votes for independence; and a new guide to accessible central heating controls.

With the referendum on Scottish independence approaching, Peter White asks Ken Reid, Chair of RNIB Scotland, what might change for visually impaired people should there be a "yes" vote.

Adjusting your central heating controls can be quite difficult if you are visually impaired, often there are no tactile markers and difficult to read print. The blindness charity Pocklington Trust in partnership with RICA (Research Institute for Consumer Affairs) is calling on manufacturers to practise universal design and to keep the needs of visually impaired people in mind. The two organisations have also produced a guide on the most accessible central heating controls for visually impaired people. We invited Michael Smith, who is partially sighted, to join Peter White in the studio, to try a couple of them out.

Producer: Lee Kumutat
Editor: Andrew Smith.

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20 minutes

The Rica guide 'Choosing central heating controls and saving energy'

The Rica guide 'Choosing central heating controls and saving energy'  is available online. 

It's also available as an audio CD and in Braille on request from Thomas Pocklington Trust.  Email: or telephone 020 8995 0880.

And as a printed copy:  please send a large (A4) self-addressed envelope with £1.10 in stamps to:

Unit G03
The Wenlock
50-52 Wharf Road
London N1 7EU.


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