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Whether you're looking for guidance for yourself, or want to know more about how to support someone with sight loss or blindness, we are here to help.

Find information here about sight loss, including advice to help with the different ways sight loss can impact on your life.

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Information and Advice

Including Volunteers with Vision Impairment

Download Sight Scotland's top tips guide on how to include volunteers with sight loss and ensure they have a positive experience within your organisation.

Information for blind and partially sighted voters for Scottish Parliament election 2021

Catherine Heggie, Partnerships & Information Officer at the Electoral Commission, shares important information about the support available for blind and partially sighted voters for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

Lighting for visually impaired people

Handy hints and tips for effective lighting around the home to help someone with sight loss.

Mindfulness for pupils with visual impairment and complex needs

Mindfulness sessions are used at the Royal Blind School to teach pupils to recognise their emotions and to learn strategies to deal with stressful experiences.

Mobility cane or guide dog?

For blind or partially sighted people, the choice between using a cane or a guide dog is often a personal one.

Registering as sight impaired or severely sight impaired in Scotland

Find out more about registering as sight impaired or severely sight impaired in Scotland.

Sensory activities and creative arts for pupils with visual impairment and complex needs

Sensory sessions with creative arts are more than a PE class, or a drama or music class. By combining the different disciplines, the creative arts lesson enhances the learning experience for the young people involved.

Social introduction skills to use with young people with visual impairment

Young people with visual impairment can often find socially communicating with others challenging. A lot of the communication that people use is non-verbal, using facial expressions and body language which is not available to the young person.

Staying safe: Road crossing tips for blind and partially sighted people

Negotiating pedestrian crossings is something many people take for granted – but crossing the road when you’re blind or visually impaired can feel daunting.

Support for sight loss in the workplace

If you develop sight loss when you are in work, there is support for you and your employer to help you continue in employment.

Supporting someone with sight loss? We're there for you too

As a relative, carer or friend, how do you help your loved one cope with losing their sight? Visual impairment affects everyone differently, and knowing how to be supportive can be challenging. We're here for you too.

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Our new names

We are proud to announce the new names of our two sister charities and share why we changed our names. We’ve continually adapted to ensure we're there for people with sight loss, and will be there in the future too.

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About us

For more than 225 years, we have been supporting people with sight loss and blindness. We are one of Scotland's oldest charities and we're dedicated to empowering people with visual impairments to lead fulfilling lives.

Canaan Barrie on body sign system

The Canaan Barrie on body sign system is used to communicate with children who have multiple disabilities, as well as visual impairment.  The sign system was developed at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

On body signing helps develop a young person’s natural gesture and, in turn, helps them communicate better with their world around them.


Check out videos demonstrating the signs below

How to sign 'Lights Room' with the Canaan Barrie on body sign system

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