Useful Links

There is a wealth of information available on living with sight loss. Here are some other useful sources.

 

signpost showing where to go for advice and guidance

National Organisations

The Sight Advice FAQ, created jointly by a group of national sight loss organisations, provides answers to a wide range of questions about living with sight loss. This currently includes useful information about COVID-19 : https://www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk/independent-living/Covid-19

 

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a national organisation supporting people with sight loss

 

The Macular Society is the national charity for anyone affected by central vision loss, offering free support and advice

 

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Fighting Blindness is a national charity supporting people with Retinitis Pigmentosa, an inherited condition leading to sight loss and blindness.

 

International Glaucoma Association is for everyone who is interested in glaucoma, people who have just been diagnosed, or anyone living with glaucoma.

 

Nystagmus Network Nystagmus is a complex eye condition characterised by involuntary eye movements. The Nystagmus Network is a UK based charity which supports people affected by the condition and leads research into finding a treatment.

 

Henshaws Life Hacks are a series of brilliant videos containing useful advice and solutions to everyday issues for people living with sight loss.

 

Blind Veterans UK supports anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.

 

Guide Dogs and Blind Children

Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They now incorporate the charity Blind Children UK.

 

Thomas Pocklington Trust works to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people through research, grant giving and partnership working, with a particular focus on education, employment and engagement. They have produced a useful film to show how the world looks to people with a range of different sight conditions.

 

British Wireless for the Blind Fund supplies specially adapted audio equipment on free loan to visually impaired people across the UK. MySight York acts as a local agent for BWBF.

 

Torch Trust is a Christian organisation aimed at enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling lives.

 

BBC In Touch provides news, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted.

 

Connect Radio is RNIB’s radio service aimed at blind and partially sighted listeners.

 

Traveleyes Holidays offers group holidays with a mixture of visually impaired and sighted travellers.

 

North Wales Accessible Holidays for the Blind and Visually Impaired offer a specially adapted caravan at reduced rates for blind or partially sighted people.

 

Home Advisor is an American website with a useful page for parents and caregivers of children with visual impairments on ways to make your home safer. Many thanks to the parents and carers who recommended this page to us!

 

Local Organisations

City of York Council

 

York Hospital 

 

Wilberforce Trust is a local organisation supporting people with sight loss.

 

Yorsensory is a local service for people affected by sight or hearing loss.

 

York Carers Centre is a local organisation that provides support and information to carers.

 

The Association of Blind Asians is a Leeds-based charity supporting people with visual impairments to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

 

York Theatre Royal provides audio described performances of major productions

 

Grand Opera House provides audio described performances of major productions

 

Visit York

 

York Castle Museum has signs in 16 point, a sensory basket and help available to anyone who finds access difficult

 

York Art Gallery has signs in 16 point, some additional descriptive information and interactive displays

 

Yorkshire Museum has signs in 16 point, a sensory basket and interactive displays