We Weren't Even Holding Hands

Marc Gulwell | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Gulwell

Last weekend I was walking along the road with my good pal Gribbo minding our own business when someone shouted, 'fair play lads'. I am unsure what this congratulation was for. We were both walking with our white canes flying all over the place, slowly meandering back towards the safety of my home.

A Drive-By Blessing

Verity Smith | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Verity Smith

Recently I was flying out of Heathrow and Uffa, my darling guide dog, and I had been parked at the International Departure Lounge where we were to wait for an hour or more until someone came to collect us and deliver us forth. it was 20 minutes into our wait when it happened. 'The Drive by Blessing'

Enjoying My New-Found Freedom (And Fame!) Thanks To My Guide Dog

Paul King | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

When I went blind, I really did think that my life was over because it cost me my business, my home and my freedom. It put me in such a bad place, mentally. Now, thanks to Oscar and Guide Dogs, I'm planning for the future again and I'm gradually getting back to the old me.

My New Guide Dog Has Given Me Independence For The First Time In Eight Years

Paul King | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

It's barely the end of January and already, 2017 is proving to be a brilliant year. Why? Because I've been partnered with a wonderful yellow labrador called Oscar. Before that, I hadn't left my home on my own since I lost my sight completely eight years ago.

Applying For A Guide Dog Made Me Feel Like I Was In Control Of My Life Again

Paul King | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

You have no control over so many things when you lose your vision, which is particularly painful for a control freak like me. Even simple things like making toast can be a challenge - I've buttered quite a few kitchen worktops in my time!

Why I Haven't Left My Home On My Own For Eight Years

Paul King | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

I just haven't had the confidence to learn how to use a white cane. I hate the clicking sound it makes as you go, and I don't want to draw that attention to myself. Instead, Elaine has learned how to guide me - partly through the internet, partly trial and error.

Is Seeing Believing? Dans le Noir? Review

Amelia Amin | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amelia Amin

On Saturday night my boyfriend and I went out for a meal in the city. It was an expensive 3 course meal, including wine and cocktails. But there was something different about this dining experience which set it apart from, and made it superior to, all others. We dined at Dans le Noir? in Farringdon, in the pitch black, and had no idea what we were eating.

The Realities of Guide Dog Access Denials

Emily Davison | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

It can become incredibly frustrating considering that these dogs are given to people like myself to enhance our quality of life and enable us to become more mobile. When these access denials occur our mobility is prevented and our freedom of movement is hindered.

Sound for Sight Leaves Music Fans in the Dark

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Every 15 minutes, someone in the UK begins to lose their sight, that's almost 2million people in the UK. October 8 was World Sight Day, and in London this was celebrated with a very unique music event called Sound For Sight, at The Tabernacle, in Notting Hill, and on October 14 a similar event will take place at The Mint in LA.

As Much as We'd Like to Believe It, Love Isn't Blind... Yet

Tom Pey | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Pey

Here at RLSB (whilst we aren't running a dating service our pilot event was just the start of things to come) we want blind young Londoners to go out and live their life - and part of this is having the self-confidence to find someone to share it with.

Three Children On A Quest To Complete 'Must-See' Bucket List Before Going Blind

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents

The parents of three siblings with a rare condition that is slowly turning them blind have created a list of adventures for their children to complete...

Watch The Wonderful Moment This Blind Man Sees His Daughter For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's not every day you get to witness a moment as special as this. Daniel was blind and hadn't seen his wife's face in over 21 years. What's even m...

Over a Million Blind Voters Left Without a Voice in General Election

Tom Pey | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Pey

In the recent General Election an estimated 1,379,700 voters were prevented from voting in secret because of inaccessible voting and registration methods. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) is calling for online voting to be introduced by 2020 to remove barriers for blind people to exercise their right to a secret ballot.

Blown Away

Verity Smith | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Sport
Verity Smith

My horse Szekit and I recently had our first competition for the National Summer Dressage Qualifiers, and the fact that the date of the competition was Friday the 13th did set off a few alarm bells in my head. Nevertheless putting superstition aside and with entry fees paid, my final preparations began.

Christine Hà Offers A Fascinating Insight Into How Blind People Apply Make-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Style

Masterchef star and visually impaired vlogger, Christine Hà has posted a fascinating tutorial showing how she applies make-up in her 'Blind Life' ser...

Who Me?

Verity Smith | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Verity Smith

The voice on the other end of the phone excitedly informed me that I had been nominated and had gone through to the last four finalists of the 'Inspirational Guide dog owner of the year Award for 2014'. I woke up with a bang. 'Seriously!?'

Blind Woman Hounded Out Of Tesco By 'Shouting' Staff

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

A blind woman shopping at Tesco was ordered to leave by three "shouting" staff adamant she could not bring her guide dog into the store. Was just t...

How Do You Explain Colours To A Blind Person?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Here's a question many of us will have pondered at one point in our lives: how do you explain colours to a blind person? Our first instinct is to d...

Helping Train Guide Dog Puppies Is The Best Volunteering Work EVER

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Let's face it, volunteering looks great on your CV, but may not always be the most attractive option. Unless you're working with adorable little bundl...

Losing Your Sight Should Not Mean Losing Your Job

Matt Leverington | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Matt Leverington

In January last year I noticed that I was having difficulties reading emails and was having to squint to read small text. This was unusual for me as I had perfect vision my whole life. I immediately went to an optician and expected to be given glasses, but instead I was rushed to hospital because it turned out that I had profound vision loss in one eye...

Too Many Older People Falling Due to Poor Eye Sight

Kamlesh Chuahan | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kamlesh Chuahan

Regular eye checks for older people can aid in the early detection of age-related conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. These conditions don't have to end in complete sight loss - early detection can greatly increase the chances of preserving sight.

Five Reasons Why I Love Running

Stefania Mattana | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Sport
Stefania Mattana

I have at least 50 or 100 good reasons to run and encourage you to run. However, I can't betray my magic number 5, so there you go: my 5 reasons why I love running - and why you should start running too!

Guide Dog For The Blind: Terrier Milo Acts As Eddie's Eyes

Caters | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK

A tiny terrier has taken on the role of guide dog for a blind Labrador. Little Milo acts as Eddie’s eyes when the pair are out and about – and...

Join the Fight to Help Blind Children Get Vital Support and Improve Their Quality of Life

Tom Pey | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Pey

For many vision impaired young people, despite having the same kind of hopes and ambitions as others, they don't have the self-belief or independence to fulfill them. Judging by research we have conducted, the impact of sight loss on quality of life can be seen as early as seven.

Access All Areas

Emily Davison | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

Events like this within the UK are rare, but this does not mean to say that they do not occur. There is a strong need for a drastic change in the world of the disabled. A set of rules and regulations firmly enforced by the law in order to defend disability minority groups from a confrontation like this and the humiliation of it.