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partially-sighted 
Useful contacts

RNIB
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE
Tel: 0845 766 99 99 (UK callers only - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Tel: 0207 388 1266 (switchboard/overseas callers)
Textphone users call via Typetalk: 0800 51 51 52

The RNIB provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem. They not only provide braille, Talking Books and computer training, but imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. The RNIB campaigns to change society's attitudes, actions and assumptions, so that people with sight problems can enjoy the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities as fully sighted people. They also fund pioneering research into preventing and treating eye disease and promote eye health by running public health awareness campaigns.

HENSHAWS SOCIETY FOR BLIND PEOPLE (HSBP)
John Derby House
88-92 Talbot Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 0GS
Tel: 0161 872 1234
Email: info@hsbp.co.uk

Henshaws provides a wide range of services for people who have sight difficulties. They aim to enable visually impaired people of all ages to maximise their independence and enjoy a high quality of life. They have centres in: Harrogate, Knaresborough, Liverpool, Llandudno, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Salford, Southport and Trafford.


THE GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND ASSOCIATION (GDBA)
Burghfield Common
Reading
RG7 3YG
Tel: 0870 600 2323

The GDBA's mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people.

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE
14-16 Verney Road
London
SE16 3DZ
Tel: 0800 915 4666 (info & advice)
Tel: 020 7635 4800 (central office)

Registered charity with national cover who provide practical support in the areas of housing, holidays, information, employment and training, cash grants and welfare rights for blind and partially sighted people. Leaflets and booklets are available free of charge, including 'Getting on - a Guide to Services for Visually Impaired people'. No SAE required.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED
Central Office
Swinton House
324 Grays Inn Road
London
WC1X 8DD
Tel: 020 7837 6103
Fax: 020 7278 0436
Textphone: 020 7837 6103

National League of the Blind and Disabled is a registered trade union and is involved in all issues regarding the employment of blind and disabled people in the UK.

NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND
Far Cromwell Road
Bredbury
Stockport
SK6 2SG
Tel: 0161 355 2000
Email: enquiries@nlbuk.org

The National Library for the Blind (NLB) is a registered charity which helps visually impaired people throughout the country continue to enjoy the same access to the world of reading as people who are fully sighted.

THE ROYAL NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR THE BLIND
Royal National College for the Blind
College Road
Hereford
HR1 1EB 
Tel:  01432 376621
Fax: 01432 376628
Email:info@rncb.ac.uk

The Royal National College is a specialist residential College of further education and training, working with people from the age of 16, who are blind or partially sighted to promote their independence and potential. The RNC provides a range of full time programmes and short courses designed to prepare people for progression to Further Education, Higher Education and the world of work. If you need to update your skills to retain employment or to pursue a new career, the RNC's range of full time, short courses, employment assessment and work preparation programmes could be invaluable.

Useful contacts for macular degeneration
MACULAR DISEASE SOCIETY
Darwin House
13a Bridge Street
Andover
Hampshire
SP10 1BE
Tel: 0845 241 2041

E-mail: info@maculardisease.org

This is a registered charity with national cover. It aims to be the main self-help organisation for people suffering from macular disease (loss of central vision). The Society has a dedicated eye donor scheme and sponsors its own Research Fellow working at London University on the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the condition.

THE BRITISH RETINITIS PIGMENTOSA SOCIETY
PO Box 350,
Buckingham MK18 1GZ
HELPLINE: 01280 860363 For support and counselling
Office: 01280 821334 For membership details and information materials

E-mail: lynda@brps.demon.co.uk

The BRPS is one of around twenty national organisations forming the International RP Association (IRPA). As a result of this international co-operation, RP research is now being carried out by around 200 scientists in ten or more countries. Their website contains a wealth of information about RP.

RNIB
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE
Tel: 0845 766 99 99 (UK callers only - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Textphone users call via Typetalk: 0800 51 51 52

The RNIB provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem. They not only provide braille, Talking Books and computer training, but imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.

If you want more information about the campaign to secure Photodynamic Therapy treatment for wet macular degeneration please call RNIB Campaigns on 020 7391 2123 or e-mail: campaign@rnib.org.uk

If you would like more information about AMD or PDT please call us on 020 7388 1266 and ask to speak to a member of our Eye Health Information Team. You can also e-mail: ehu@rnib.org.uk

VISIBILITY
2 Queens Crescent
Glasgow
G4 9BW
Tel: 0141 332 4632

E-mail: info@visibility.org.uk

Listening and responding to people affected by sight loss in the west of Scotland. For information on New View call the above number and ask to speak to David Logan.
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