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My week of digi-breaks

Deafblind UK blogger Emma Devine is taking part in our digi-break challenge and has started taking daily screen breaks. Read about how she got on during her first week here: “With the current lockdown in the UK, most days I spend my time either on my phone or laptop. Being stuck inside, it can be … Read more

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On the move

We are delighted to confirm that we have completed the sale of our headquarters building in Peterborough. The building was named the National Centre for Deafblindness. However, we have felt for some time that, for many years, the building has not been used as it was originally intended; instead, it had become the charity’s head … Read more

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Are you struggling with low vision?

For many people living with sight loss, a magnifier makes a huge difference and enables them to continue doing the things they love. If you feel a magnifying product could benefit you, Optelec are here to help! “Optelec manufacture a wide range of optical and electronic magnifiers. For example, our hand-held magnifiers give you independence … Read more

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Have you tried online learning?

With more time spent in the home, we’re turning our attention to learning a new skill. Some people are cooking while others are learning languages on their phone. It’s never too late to expand your knowledge, whether it’s an existing passion or something new. The benefits of learning We may be indoors for the foreseeable, … Read more

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Staying safe online

As the world continues to stay home to stay safe, more and more of us are going online. Unfortunately, cyber-attacks are on the rise, with data breaches and email scams becoming more commonplace. Whether you’re chatting, shopping or getting organised, follow these tips to stay safe. Dos Do have a varied list of passwords that … Read more

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What is Mindfulness?

Deafblind UK’s Lindsey Barrell is an experienced mindfulness coach. Read her introduction to mindfulness and discover some simple exercises to try at home today: Mindfulness is generally described as ‘paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment and non-judgementally’. It’s very easy to stop noticing what is going on around us, to do … Read more

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Affecting up to 100,000 people in the UK, Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) causes vivid hallucinations as a result of severe vision loss. Unlike cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, CBS is not related to mental health. What causes Charles Bonnet syndrome? It’s important to note that CBS does not affect those who have been … Read more

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Accessible entertainment

While the majority of television nowadays has subtitles and audio description available at the press of the remote, sometimes these features can be delayed or unavailable. But, as streaming services have become increasingly popular in recent years, they have started to implement more reliable accessibility features. Here are some of the most popular streaming services … Read more

Equipment review: Audio books

Books are a great way to stay entertained, relax and learn. But how can you enjoy reading when you are deafblind? Here’s our review of audio book technology to help you find out more! RNIB Reading Services and Easy Reader app Sign up to RNIB Reading Services to browse and download audio books for free! … Read more

The advantages of on-screen learning

We are all using screens more now than ever, which can have a negative impact on our eyes and ears. However there can also be huge benefits for people who are deafblind, as Deafblind UK trustee Roger explains. “Imagine yourself with very little sight and faced with two very different learning situations… In a traditional … Read more