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RNIB Connect Radio is the UK radio station for blind and partially sighted people to find out what is happening in the community. You can also contribute and share your stories by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk) . Get involved and join the conversation.

Other great podcast channels from RNIB Connect Radio

Conversations (https://audioboom.com/channel/conversations) - Blind and partially sighted people speaking about a wide range of topics.

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RNIB Connect Radio is the UK radio station for blind and partially sighted people to find out what is happening in the community. You can also contribute and share your stories by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk) . Get involved and join the conversation.

Other great podcast channels from RNIB Connect Radio

Conversations (https://audioboom.com/channel/conversations) - Blind and partially sighted people speaking about a wide range of topics.

Read On (https://audioboom.com/channel/readonair) - The Audiobook show all about accessible reading.

Tech Talk (https://audioboom.com/channel/techtalkpodcast) - Technology for blind and partially sighted people.

Sport (https://audioboom.com/channel/sport) - See sport differently.

The Happy Hour (https://audioboom.com/channels/5022411) - Mental health, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing.

Tracks of My Life (https://audioboom.com/channel/the-welsh-connection) - Take a journey through our guest's life.

Support (https://audioboom.com/channel/rnib-sup << Show Less
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1334: Charity Chief Exec’s Weekly Update 12/08/22 Each week we chat with RNIB’s CEO Matt Stringer to discuss the big news affecting the charity.

This week Matt starts his update by talking about the five new appointments to the RNIB's leadership Team.  

Then to some of the great successes so far at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by many blind and partially sighted athletes.

Finally as August marks a year since the RNIB Talking Books Library has been available on Amazon Alexa smart speakers, Matt talks about the great partnership between Amazon and the RNIB as well as sharing some of the very positive feedback from blind and partially sighted people who are listening to their RNIB talking Books through their Amazon Alexa smart device.

If you would like to know more about RNIB Talking Books Library or if you have any questions at all relating to sight loss, please do call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999, use your Amazon device and ask Lady A to call the RNIB and speak to one of our Sight Loss Advisors.

There is also a great wealth of information and advice on the RNIB website- 
https://www.rnib.org.uk


Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB
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1332: Netflix Makes Accessibility A Priority RNIB's Dave Williams recently caught up with Heather Dowdy, Lead for Accessible Products at Netflix to hear about why the streaming service is putting accessibility at the heart of what they do. 

You can hear more from Heather and Dave's conversation on the RNIB Tech Talk podcast, Episode 421. 

Image description:
Heather is pictured standing smiling against a grey background. She is a black woman with shoulder length hair, and she is wearing an orange dress with a yellow necklace.
1333: Accessibility in Astronomy: An interview with Jake Noel-Storr Now let's talk astronomy, Jake Noel-Storr, a lecturer in practical astronomy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has written a paper titled Accessibility in astronomy for the visually impaired.

He spoke with David Hogg about the paper and some of his hopes for a more inclusive area of study for VI astronomers

If you'd like to contact Jake or have any questions regarding his work then you can email him at j.noel-storr@rug.nl
1334: Charity Chief Exec’s Weekly Update 12/08/22 Each week we chat with RNIB’s CEO Matt Stringer to discuss the big news affecting the charity.

This week Matt starts his update by talking about the five new appointments to the RNIB's leadership Team.  

Then to some of the great successes so far at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by many blind and partially sighted athletes.

Finally as August marks a year since the RNIB Talking Books Library has been available on Amazon Alexa smart speakers, Matt talks about the great partnership between Amazon and the RNIB as well as sharing some of the very positive feedback from blind and partially sighted people who are listening to their RNIB talking Books through their Amazon Alexa smart device.

If you would like to know more about RNIB Talking Books Library or if you have any questions at all relating to sight loss, please do call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999, use your Amazon device and ask Lady A to call the RNIB and speak to one of our Sight Loss Advisors.

There is also a great wealth of information and advice on the RNIB website- 
https://www.rnib.org.uk


Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB
1288: Connect Voices Round Up 3 August 2022 Max Conway, RNIB's National Involvement Coordinator, shares the latest opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to get involved in.

Opportunities highlighted this week included:

Call out for would-be blind or partially sighted movie stars to be part of a short film about Wet-AMD.
Fixing US, a health engagement organisation focusing on patient journeys across all kinds of health conditions are looking for people living with Wet-AMD who would be willing to participate in a short film about their condition.

Do you play a musical instrument and would like to break down the barriers blind and partially sighted musicians face?
Rachel, a PhD student at the University of Plymouth, is looking to gather information from blind and partially sighted musicians to help aid the development of an accessible digital musical interface that will enable visually impaired musicians to play in an ensemble setting alongside sighted musicians.  


To find out more about these items and how you can get involved with RNIB Connect Voices do visit -

https://www.rnib.org.uk/connect-community/connect-voices-network/connect-voices-current-opportunities


(Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)
1331: Charity Chief Exec's Customer Update 30/07/2022 Each week, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell sits down with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB, to look at some of the big stories coming from the UK sight loss charity.
This week Matt talks about cost of living help for blind and partially sighted people, Netflix premiere with Audio Description, sight loss training for staff and the Commonwealth Games.
If you, or someone you know, would like information on the support and services from RNIB, go to www.rnib.org.uk
You can also call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or ask Alexa to call RNIB's Helpline.
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Image: Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB
1330: Sight Loss Story - Amin Afzal Everyone's sight loss journey is different. From different eye conditions, to being diagnosed at a different stage in life, no story is the same.

Which is why, here on RNIB Connect Radio we like to share stories from members of the community that reflect the wide variety of these experiences.

Today, joining our Paulina Kuchorew to share his own story is Amin Afzal, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa 5 years ago.

If you need support or would just like to speak with someone who understands sight loss, get in touch with RNIB Helpline. Call 0303 123 9999 or email: helpline@rnib.org.uk 


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1329: Sensing Nature Guided Walks at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum Lead by Visually Impaired Volunteer Guides Time to explore the wonderful surroundings of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum as RNIB Connect Radio's Toby Davey joins one of their recent Sensing Nature Guided walks lead by two visually impaired Volunteer guides.


The Sensing Nature Guided Walks were also part of 'Westonbirt Unseen’, a collaboration between Westonbirt, Andy Shipley of Natural Inclusion, Sarah Bell of Sensing Nature, and the University of Exeter. This initiative is part of the wider ‘Re-Storying Landscapes for Social Inclusion’ project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.


Through the Sensing Nature Guided Walks Westonbirt's visually impaired guides lead bookers through an immersive and interactive sensory experience that aims to shift their perception, enjoy the arboretum at a slower pace and explore the trees of Westonbirt through their nonvisual senses.


Toby's visit to Westonbirt begins with an interview with Mark and Mike the two visually impaired Volunteer Guides to find out why they wanted to get involved with the project and lead sighted people around Westonbirt on The Sensing Nature Guided Walks. Their involvement in the setup of the walks and how much of a collaborative process it was working on the walks with input from everyone involved. Then Mark and Mike went on to explain a bit more about the exercises that participants get involved in on the walks to use their senses apart from their sight to get closer to the trees, smells and sounds that are all around them in Westonbirt.  



Toby also captured elements of the sensing Nature Guided Walk along with some of the exercises mark and Mike invited bookers to do on the walk such as closing their eyes, feeling the ground through their feet, feeling the wind, listening to the sounds around them along with the smells of the trees, grass and leaves. In another exercise where Mark asked bookers to take a picture and memory of Westonbirt by looking around them and then closing their eyes and putting the images of what they saw into their memory to recall later and one exercise where bookers were invited to take a walk around the low branches of a tree to gage it's height. 


At the end of the sensing Nature Guided Walk, Toby caught up with Cotty and Nick, two of the sighted bookers, to find out what the walk was like for them, how they found the whole walk and the exercises that Mark and Mike asked them to do.  Whether being asked to close their eyes and using their other senses gave them a different and maybe better experience of Westonbirt. Also for Cotty and Nick having just spent over an hour and a half on the walk with Mark and Mike did they feel that they had a better understanding around what life might be like for someone who is blind or partially sighted.


The Sensing Nature Guided Walks at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum take place every second and fourth Friday of the month from April to September starting at 2pm and more details can be found by visiting the following website -

https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt/sensing-nature-walks


(Image shows: A tall dark green Serbian spruce tree in the Arboretum that appears thin and needle-like in comparison to the surrounding trees. The sun is shining just out of shot, there is a slight lens flare at the top of the photograph and the sky is blue with a few small clouds.)
1321: A Life Living with Sight Loss with Karen Wye In a series of interviews here on RNIB Connect Radio we are talking with a range of blind and partially sighted people to find out what life is really like living with sight loss, how they have coped throughout their life with the level of sight they have and the advice they would give to other people who might be starting to lose their sight or finding it difficult to cope with the level of sight they might have or have had during their life. 


RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Karen Wye from the sunny coast of the South East of England who has lived with Myopia since childhood and was registered as partially sighted in 2015.


Karen began by telling Toby about her life before being registered as partially sighted, how she with the help of an RNIB Counsellor managed to get through what was quite a tricky time for Karen as not only having to deal with losing her sight she was also going through a bit of a tricky time in her home life too. Karen talks about how her grown up sons who have now left home don’t really understand her sight loss as they really think of Karen before she was registered as partially sighted.


Karen also talks about the great support she has had from the RNIB since being registered back in 2015 and about all her volunteer work she does not only with the RNIB and the Connect Groups but also for Dorset Blind Association.


If you are looking for support or advice around anything related to sight loss do either call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit the RNIB website - https://www.rnib.org.uk


(Image shows RNIB logo. 'RNIB' written in black capital letters over a white background and underlined with a bold pink line, with the words 'See differently' underneath)
1328: Visionary and Vision and Hearing Support! Each month we catch up with Visionary UK and a charty member organisation to find out about the amazing work being done across the sight loss sector. This month we're joined by the CEO of Vision and Hearing Support


To find out more about the work Visionary do, please visit their website here: Welcome to Visionary - Visionary

To find out more about what Vision and Hearing Support do, please visit their website here: https://visionandhearingsupport.org.uk

(Image shows: Visionary UK Logo, a pink and green cercal shape forming the image of an eye which Visionary in white text below on a dark grey background.)
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