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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

Swimming with sight loss

Swimming is a great form of exercise for anyone of any age. Hawkhead Centre Officer and qualified swimming instructor, Abbie, shares her advice for enjoying swimming again after sight loss.

The importance of cooking skills for people with visual impairment

Lewis says it’s very important for young people with a visual impairment to learn to cook.

Top 10 most popular low vision aids

Sight Scotland Veterans rehabilitation officer Fiona gives insight into the top ten most popular low vision aids the charity issues to its members.

Top five tips for eye health in older people

Here are our five tops tips for eye health in older people.

Top tips for cooking with a visual impairment

There are plenty of techniques and pieces of equipment that can help blind and partially sighted people to cook safely.

Travel concessions and travel cards for blind and partially sighted people

A summary of some travel concessions and travel cards for which blind and partially sighted people could be eligible.

Types of mobility canes for vision impairment

Mobility canes are a form of mobility aid that enable blind or visually impaired people to go about their daily business when out and about, especially in unfamiliar areas.

Unified English Braille (UEB)

Since braille's creation in the 19th century, different braille codes have developed in countries across the world. Today, the primary braille code in the United Kingdom is Unified English Braille

Using tactile resources to support visually impaired children's reading skills

Sally Paterson, a Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment, explains why books with tactile illustrations are so important for children with visual impairment.

What is braille?

Braille is a tactile system that allows blind and partially sighted people to access literacy by reading and writing.

Who was Louis Braille?

Learn more about Louis Braille - the creator of the braille code.

Who will support me with my sight loss diagnosis?

There are a number of health and social care professionals you will meet following a sight loss diagnosis who will be able to support you in different ways.

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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