Knowledge Hub

Our collection of resources designed specifically to help people living with sight loss.

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Visually Impaired awareness document to use at hospital
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Visually Impaired awareness document to use at hospital

A visual impairment awareness notice to use if you are staying in hospital.

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Tips and Tricks At Home
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Tips and Tricks At Home

Managing at home can be one of the biggest challenges when diagnosed with sight loss. Everyday tasks can sometimes seem insurmountable, there are many simple tips and tricks that can make a difference.

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Who’s Who in the Hospital Eye Clinic
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Who’s Who in the Hospital Eye Clinic

Read about the different roles there are in an Eye Hospital and what each person does

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Podcasts
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Podcasts

More and more people are enjoying podcasts but with so many podcasts out there, it can be hard to know where to start, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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Tips and tricks for parenting with sight loss
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Tips and tricks for parenting with sight loss

Tips, tricks and advice other blind and partially sighted parents have offered to parents and grandparents living with sight loss..

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Tips and Tricks for Holidaying
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Tips and Tricks for Holidaying

Going on holiday can be accessible and enjoyable to those living with sight loss, our 15 tips might help you navigate some of the issues.

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Tips and Tricks – In the Kitchen
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Tips and Tricks – In the Kitchen

We’ve collected some of your handy hints to help make navigating your kitchen and cooking meals a little bit easier, and of course to help you stay safe.

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Tips and Tricks in the Garden
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Tips and Tricks in the Garden

Whether you have a small window box or space to create flower beds, you may find some of these tips helpful to stay independent in the garden.

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Tips and Tricks for Reading and Writing
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Tips and Tricks for Reading and Writing

Ten quick tips for reading and writing. From magnifiers and lighting, to audiobooks, writing guides and large print calendars.

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The Emotional Impact of Sight Loss
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The Emotional Impact of Sight Loss

Sight Loss can affect a person’s emotional life, identity, and mental wellbeing. Find out how the 5 stages of grief theory can help you come to terms with sight loss.

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Standing Exercises for Older People
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Standing Exercises for Older People

Our audio-described exercise sessions are specifically designed for older people with visual impairments to do in the comfort of their own home. Ten sessions are available.

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Seated Exercises for Older People
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Seated Exercises for Older People

Our audio-described exercise sessions are designed specifically for older people to help with balance, stretching, muscle strengthening and cardio. Six sessions available.

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Kitchen Skills and Simple Recipes
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Kitchen Skills and Simple Recipes

This booklet covers the most important areas of consideration when in the kitchen, provides handy tips, describes some of the specialist equipment available, and includes some easy recipes for you to try.

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Making Exercise Accessible
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Making Exercise Accessible

Find out ways you can make keeping fit and active possible and enjoyable.

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Getting out and about
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Getting out and about

New places can be hard to navigate – or feel quite dangerous. It can be really helpful to take someone with you – and that is why lots of places...

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Fraud Advice Audio File

This audio guide, produced by our local Fraud Protection Officer, explains what to look out for, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you're a victim of a scam.

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Fraud Advice – Large Print
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Fraud Advice – Large Print

Scams: What are they, how to avoid them, and what to do if you fall victim to a scam

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Travel Apps for Bus Journeys
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Travel Apps for Bus Journeys

Travel Apps can help you plan your journey by entering your destination into the search box, the App will then give you a route plan, including bus numbers and departure times.

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Making Technology Work for You – Devices that can help
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Making Technology Work for You – Devices that can help

Practically every new phone, tablet or computer has built-in accessibility functions which can make a real difference to people with sight loss. Read this brief summary of some of the devices which can help.

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Technology in Your Pocket
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Technology in Your Pocket

So many of us have a smart phone or tablet sat on the table next to us or in our pockets, but are we all making the most of them? There are a few simple things you can do to make your device work for you.

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Rehabilitation – What is it?
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Rehabilitation – What is it?

An insight into what rehabilitation is about, what it covers, how it may help you and how to get this type of support if you need it.

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Sight Loss – what we needed to know
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Sight Loss – what we needed to know

This booklet is full of useful information put together by people living with sight loss at different stages of their journeys. Includes quotes about their experiences, and their top 10 tips for coping with sight loss.

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Is social media worthwhile?

Is social media worthwhile?

Social media gets a bad rap but we believe it can be very useful when used in the right way. We suggest some people to look up on social media who offer different perspectives on living with sight loss.

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Accessible places to visit across the region
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Accessible places to visit across the region

Being blind or partially sighted doesn’t mean you can’t have great days out in your local area. Follow these links to find out about accessible places to visit across Bristol,...

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“Be My Eyes” App
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“Be My Eyes” App

Alun Davies reviews this must have App for blind and partially sighted people. I have been totally blind since 1978. In 2015 I discovered the iPhone and this I told...

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Identifying Sterling Currency With Little or No Vision
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Identifying Sterling Currency With Little or No Vision

Learn how to distinguish between coins and notes when you can't see them.

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Making Technology Work For You – Built in technology
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Making Technology Work For You – Built in technology

Your everyday technology (e.g. mobile phone / tablet) has a large range of built in features you can use to help with the challenges sight loss can pose.

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Reading Independently
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Reading Independently

No matter what level of sight you have, there are ways in which we can help you to remain an independent reader.

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Making Tech Work for you – Travel Apps
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Making Tech Work for you – Travel Apps

Travel apps can help with planning and safely navigating your journey - find out more.

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Are We There Yet?  Holidaying With Sight Loss
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Are We There Yet?  Holidaying With Sight Loss

Find out about holidaying when you have sight loss, the accessible options and adaptations that can help make your holiday great.

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Making Tech Work for You – Online Shopping
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Making Tech Work for You – Online Shopping

Marc Gulwell, our Sight Loss Advisor Manager writes about how shopping online has helped him. As someone registered blind, one of the most difficult things I have found to do...

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Cataracts
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Cataracts

Find out about Cataracts - their symptoms, how they are diagnosed, what can cause them, how they can be treated and links to further resources.

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome
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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Find out about Charles Bonnet Syndrome - its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what can cause it, how to manage it and links to further resources.

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Diabetic Retinopathy
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Find out about Diabetic Retinopathy - its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what causes it, how it can be managed and links to further resources.

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Glaucoma
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Glaucoma

Find out about Glaucoma - its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what causes it, how it can be managed and links to further resources.

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Macular Degeneration
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Macular Degeneration

Find out about Macular Degeneration- its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what causes it, how it can be managed and links to further resources.

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Retinitis Pigmentosa
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Retinitis Pigmentosa

Find out about Retinitis Pigmentosa - its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what causes it, how it can be managed and links to further resources.

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Sight Guiding – Countryside walking
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Sight Guiding – Countryside walking

How to guide someone who with sight loss on a non-conventional walking route. Covers communication, good guiding practice, potential dangers and how to overcome them.

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Employment – Applying for a Job
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Employment – Applying for a Job

Large print document, covering applying for a job: writing a CV, completing application forms and writing a covering letter.

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Employment – Preparing for Work
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Employment – Preparing for Work

Large print document, covering where to get advice; what training courses are available, and how to start looking for work.

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Employment – My Rights
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Employment – My Rights

Large print document, covering what to do if an employer asks about your visual Impairment; what actions an employer must take to help, and what financial support is available.

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Employment – First Steps
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Employment – First Steps

Ready to think about employment? This document helps guide you through some of the initial questions to ask yourself to help identify possible careers.

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Technology Guides
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Technology Guides

Have a look through our range of accessible guides to help you make the most of the technology you have in your home.

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British Blind Sport – Active at Home
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British Blind Sport – Active at Home

British Blind Sport have produced a range of audio-led workouts, covering a wide range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Boxercise and Strength. Link to their webpage below.

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Blind Person’s Tax Allowance
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Blind Person’s Tax Allowance

Find out about the Blind Persons Tax Allowance, what it is, who is eligible and how to apply.

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Audio Described Breathwork Practice Class
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Audio Described Breathwork Practice Class

This 10-minute YouTube session produced by Metro Blind Sport is a perfect way to de-stress. An audio-described introduction to Breathwork Practice.

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Accessible workouts for people with sight loss
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Accessible workouts for people with sight loss

This YouTube channel from Eyes Free Fitness contains 24 classes, including workouts, yoga classes, pilates, balance and stretch exercises.

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Accessible Information Standard
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Accessible Information Standard

A brief overview of the Accessible Information Standard, which aims to make sure that people who have a disability or sensory loss get information in a format that they can access and understand.

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