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Wales Council of the Blind is the umbrella agency representing vision impairment within Wales. We work to campaign, lobby and support the improvement of services for people with sight loss. [Read more...]

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Museums must improve website access information for vi visitors

VocalEyes, the organisation which aims to ensure that vision impaired people in the UK have access to art and heritage, has carried out a survey into UK museum website access information for blind and partially sighted visitors. It finds that only 30% of UK museums provide information on their website that would be useful for a blind or partially-sighted person planning a visit. Only 5% of museum websites included a named contact or specific email address for access issues. The report argues that while these venues may have excellent facilities for vi people, they need to be publicised on their websites.

With Wales, only 8% of venue websites mentioned whether information in braille is available, and only 4% mentioned audio guide provision. In connection with the report, VocalEyes has produced a set of guidelines which are intended to help museums improve the access information for vi visitors. You can find our more, and read the report and access guide, on the VocalEyes website.

Tactile Paving Training

Did you know that there is a special type of paving that tells you where you can cross the road? Have you noticed a different surface underfoot at the top and bottom of steps? These are examples of tactile paving which can give useful clues about the environment, and Guide Dogs has developed a training course where you will be shown what each of them means. There will be a session for blind and partially sighted people at the Guide Dog Cymru office, Building 3, Eastern Business Park, Wern Fawr Lane, St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0PH from 1 pm to 3 pm on Wednesday 18th January.

It doesn't matter whether you are new to going out and about, or use a cane, guide dog or sighted guide. Guide Dogs can support people with collections from the bus stop nearest the office, Vaindre Lane, near the Texaco petrol station.

For more information and to book a place, please contact Nathan Foy, Guide Dogs Cymru Engagement Officer on telephone number 0118 983 8746, mobile 07795 611 477 or email There is a limit of 16 places on the course, so if you are interested please get in touch as soon as possible.

Chance for outpatients to have their say

Health Boards across Wales want to hear the views of outpatients about what is important to them.

They are asking people to complete a short survey, covering topics such as whether you would prefer to be seen in the hospital or a local clinic or GP surgery. For more information, and a link to the survey form, visit the Welsh Government website. The closing date for responses is 30th December.

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