Building on the success of the Vision Pioneer Awards, the RNIB See Differently Awards recognise those who have gone above and beyond in supporting people with sight loss in the UK.
We know there are many people doing so much that deserves reward and recognition, the See Differently Awards look beyond sight loss professionals and celebrates all who dedicate their time, passion and skills to changing the world for blind and partially sighted people.
Our new awards celebrate all the contributions being made to break down the barriers faced by people with sight loss and rewards those creating opportunities that enable blind and partially people to live the life they want to lead.
The awards ceremony will be held at the prestigious Glaziers Hall, London Bridge on 26 November 2019.
Please submit the completed entry form by midnight on 13 September 2019 Nominate now
Provide a clear outline of the nominees’ work or innovation (in line with the category criteria) and demonstrate how it benefits people who are blind or partially sighted.
Include the nominees’ biggest achievements, rather than simply listing all of their achievements; focus on the ones that have had major impact or success. If you have evidence, include it.
Include any useful information, such as how the nominee has overcome any challenges and, if applicable, give details on any funding the nominee(s) have secured or successful collaborations they have formed.
Add images and video footage which can help to give context to your application. Please note that these may be used during the awards ceremony if you/your nominee are one of our finalists.
Write clearly and check your entry twice before submitting the application.
Finally, good luck and keep checking our website to see if you/your nominee make the shortlist in October.
Please submit the completed entry form by midnight on 13 September 2019
RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards 2017 event
You can read about previous RNIB Vision Pioneer Awards 2017 event to get an idea of what the awards might look like.
Join RNIB to conquer the UK’s tallest mountain and revel in the spectacular sights, sounds and smells of the Scottish Highlands. We guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Our trek along the rocky trail to the summit of this ancient volcano will be challenging but your sense of achievement at the top will be incredible.
Registration details Registration fee: £75- Sign up by Sunday 19 May to get 50 per cent off your registration fee with the code TREK50. Sponsorship: £550
Sign up for Trek Ben Nevis
We want everyone to join us for this challenge. If you are blind or partially sighted and require a guide, sign up with a friend or family member, or we can help find one. If you are sighted, we want you to use this experience to support fellow trekkers. This will be a team effort and we’ll work together to reach that epic summit.
Every day, 250 people in the UK start losing their sight and their lives will change completely. Too many people still face isolation and depression, unable to achieve their potential in a world that blocks their way.
But we won’t stop until every last psychological and physical barrier has gone for good – from classrooms to workplaces, from local shops to far-flung holidays. Together with your support, we can smash through the barriers that stop people with sight loss thriving.
What to expect?
Day 1: Friday 9 August
Make your way to Fort William and arrive at the accommodation for an evening briefing from our expert trek leaders, plus the chance to meet the rest of your RNIB team mates.
Day 2: Saturday 10 August
Today is the day you scale Ben Nevis! We breakfast early and are transferred to the base to begin our ascent. After scaling the summit, we will be transferred back to our accommodation for a celebration evening meal together.
Day 3: Sunday 11 August
We have a final breakfast together and then you make your way home, with an epic sense of achievement and lots of new friends in your address book.
How does it work?
Sign up and pay a £75 registration fee to reserve your place
Commit to a sponsorship pledge of £550
Send 50% of your sponsorship (£225) to RNIB at least seven weeks before the trek (21 June 2019) to confirm your place
Send the remaining 50% (£225) to RNIB six weeks after the challenge (20 September 2019)
2 night’s twin room hotel accommodation with private bathroom
Breakfast, lunch and celebration dinner on Saturday
Breakfast on Sunday
Transfers to and from our hotel to the base of Ben Nevis
Qualified trek leaders to guide you all the way
Full back up support including qualified first aiders
What support will you receive?
Join Team RNIB and help us support people when they need us most. In return we’ll give you everything you need to smash your training and fundraising goals:
A fundraising pack full of top tips and advice
Comprehensive training plans to help you get trek ready
A breathable RNIB t-shirt
Friendly and personalised support from our events team
Regular updates to support your training and fundraising
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched new resources to help employers support blind and partially sighted people in the workplace. The resources have been launched as part of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, which supports businesses to attract, recruit and retain disabled employees. Director of services at the RNIB, David Clarke, highlighted that despite employment numbers being at a record high, just one in four blind or partially people are in work.
“With the right support, visually impaired people can thrive in the workplace and make a significant contribution to businesses in almost all employment sectors. We just need employers to realise the unique commercial value that blind and partially sighted employees can undoubtedly bring to their businesses,” he said. The resources include webinars, good practice toolkits, guides to making changes and blogs. It was launched on Tuesday (19 March) at an event in London hosted by insurance company Zurich.
Blind disability activist and management consultant, Caroline Casey (pictured), gave the keynote speech. The RNIB highlighted that current Government targets aim to have one million disabled people in the workplace by 2027, but the secretary of state for work and pensions, Amber Rudd, has committed to reviewing targets on disability employment.
Ms Rudd said: “My father’s blindness was a normal part of my family’s life and I have huge admiration for the RNIB’s work. I am particularly proud to have it on board with Disability Confident.”
“Far too many blind and partially sighted people are missing the opportunity to develop their talents and connect with the world of work. By working together with the RNIB, we will remove barriers and create the opportunities that blind and partially sighted people expect and deserve,” she added.
Please read the following information carefully to decide whether to take part in this study.
The aim of the study is to explore blind and partially sighted people’s preferences for accessibility of digital TVs in the form of semi-structured interviews. You will be asked to talk about your experience of using the TV interface.
As you talk through your experience, you will be asked about the reasons for your preferences, concerns and recommendations that is related to the TV interface.
There are no risks associated with participation and there is no requirement to disclose any sensitive personal data about yourself.
Who will be involved in the study?
The study involves adults of different ages and sight conditions.
Please ensure that you read and understand this information sheet, which you may keep for your records. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Please read the consent form and sign it if you agree to participate in the study.
Please feel free to ask the researcher any questions before choosing to participate in this study also anytime during the study. Please note that you have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason. If you withdraw after the study, your data will be excluded from subsequent use or analysis. There will be no adverse consequences for you if you decline to take part or if you withdraw during the course of the research.
Who will have access to your data and how will it be stored?
The research team involved in the data collection and analysis from RNIB will have authorised access to the full collected data. In addition, selected researchers may have access to the anonymised data in the future. Paper-based data will include the following: your consent form and your response to the interview. Paper-based data will be stored securely. In addition, Audio recording will be taken. The audio records will be stored securely in password-protected storages. All data will be stored according to the Data Protection Act 2018 and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All data will be stored for a period of time post-publication. After that, electronic files will be deleted and any hard copies of data will be destroyed.
How will your data be used?
Data from your participation will be used to explore the preferences of using TV interface. The data then used as a guideline and recommendation for service providers, designers and manufacturers, so that they make their design more accessible, more efficient and usable. The output will be disseminated in the form of a published report.
All reported findings will be made anonymous so that you will not be identifiable in any form of dissemination of this research (unless if you request this).
Findings will be released in the form of academic reports and may also be disseminated in peer-reviewed academic publications.
Who have reviewed the study design?
This study design has been reviewed by the RNIB’s Broadcast Relationships and Audio Description Manager in accordance with the GDPR and RNIB’s research ethics guidelines.
This research is being conducted by Ahmed Al-Talabany, Research Assistant Intern at RNIB and PhD Student at the University of Nottingham. Ahmed Al-Talabany is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (UKRI Grant No. EP/L015463/1), the UKRI’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (UKRI Grant No. EP/M02315/1), the Satellite Applications Catapult (External Partner) and by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) (External Partner).
We know that life as a young blind or partially sighted person is a unique experience – and presents some unique challenges. We want to enable and equip all members of our community with the skills and confidence to live life to the full. But that’s not all. We want them to feel empowered to lead, motivate and inspire other young people too. That’s where you come in.
We’re recruiting our Young Leaders – and we want you
We’re looking for blind and partially sighted people aged 18-30 to be our aspiring Young Leaders. If you want to be more active in your local community then this is the programme for you.
We’ll initially be recruiting in four of our England networks where the project is running: London, East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands
No previous experience is required, but enthusiasm is a must – and the following are the sorts of qualities we’d like applicants to have. Perhaps you:
pride yourself on being a great communicator
are super organised
have an interest in technology or have your finger on the pulse with the latest social media platforms
are passionate about bringing together young blind and partially sighted people in your local area, helping to reduce isolation.
We want to utilise your valuable experiences as a young person in our community and your existing knowledge. Combined with the new skills and support that will be provided, this will help you to come together and form our first team of Young Leaders.
If any of this sounds like you, we’d love for you to get involved.
About the role
Firstly, you’ll attend a two-day training course, where you’ll be equipped with a range of practical skills for this role. Just some of what this will cover includes:
public speaking and confidence building
facilitating group discussions
interview and broadcast skills, including recording audio for radio or podcasts.
We’ll then support you to put your new skills into action. You’ll form, organise and lead a regular group in your area, as well as promote it and recruit fellow local young people with sight loss to come along. You’ll also work collaboratively with your peers to organise meetings, social activities and more.
It’s a challenge, but with the support of your local RNIB Connect network in your area, plenty of enthusiasm and your newly honed leadership skills, we’re sure you’ll be up to the task.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people and socialise, as well as raise awareness and reduce isolation in the community.
It’ll take your hard work, determination and commitment – but it’s also intensely rewarding, is great experience to add to your CV, and should be pretty good fun, too.