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News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

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    • 4.3 • 26 Ratings

News, views and information for people who are blind or partially sighted

    Futsal Star Steve Daley; Blind Actors in TV Ads

    Futsal Star Steve Daley; Blind Actors in TV Ads

    Peter White chats with Steve Daley who, at the age of 43, retired as captain of England's partially sighted, 5-a-side "Futsal" team after last year's World Cup final.
    Futsal is FIFA's recognised version of small-sided football.
    In total he represented England at nine World Cups and nine European Championships, winning Silver and Bronze medals along the way.
    The FA has now offered him the Head Coach role which Steve has accepted.
    And, with a new TV advert featuring a blind actress, we'll hear from the people who made the ad. Are opportunities growing on the small screen for blind and visually impaired actors?

    PRODUCER: Mike Young

    • 18 min
    Dry AMD; Mona Minkara On Her Global Public Transport Experiences

    Dry AMD; Mona Minkara On Her Global Public Transport Experiences

    News of a global study into dry age-related macular degeneration. Its aiming to help experts understand the role genetics may play in the disease. Professor Paulo Stanga from the London Vision Clinic talks us though what the study involves and how you can take part.
    There is a number to call if you want more information about this trial. It's 01438 532 142. The link for more details is also on our website.
    Also in this programme, the public transport challenges we face as we travel around the world's big cities. We'll hear from globe trotter, Mona Minkara, about her best and worst experiences.
    PRESENTER: Peter White.
    PRODUCER: Mike Young.

    • 18 min
    Audio Described Theatre Performances; World Record Runner Sinead Kane

    Audio Described Theatre Performances; World Record Runner Sinead Kane

    Fern Lulham sits in for Peter White (you can see a picture of Fern, with her guide dog Nancy, on this programme's page on our website).
    The Audio Description Association will be telling us about the falling numbers of theatres offering audio described performances in recent years. They're hoping there'll be a reversal of that trend once the theatres start to reopen after lockdown.
    And Fern chats with Sinead Kane. Sinead was the first registered blind solictor in Ireland. And, three years ago, she was the first blind woman to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
    Sinead is now calling for for more people with visual impairments to get involved in sport of any kind. She says she's frustrated at not being encouraged to participate in sport when she was younger.
    PRODUCER: Mike Young

    • 18 min
    How The Biggest Blind Charities Should Focus Their Efforts; Baluji Shrivastav At 70

    How The Biggest Blind Charities Should Focus Their Efforts; Baluji Shrivastav At 70

    Guide Dogs, the RNIB and the Thomas Pocklington Trust have joined forces to launch a research project on the needs of blind and partially sighted people. Keith Valentine from the RNIB tells us why they're doing it and how you can take part.
    The survey link is on our website. Or you can call 0161 507 7360. Or you can email: sightlossresearch@acumenfieldwork.com
    Also on the programme, blind Indian music legend Baluji Shrivastav chats to Peter about plans for his 70th birthday. We'll hear just how tough 2020 has been for musicians like him.
    PRESENTER: Peter White
    PRODUCER: Mike Young

    • 18 min
    University Special

    University Special

    We hear from a blind student who's facing the start of his first year at university during the pandemic.
    We also meet a student who's taken a year out rather than return to university when social distancing and other restrictions are in place.
    Among our expert guests offering advice and support are Elin Williams from Look-UK. We also hear from Rachel Hewett who is from the Vision Impairment Centre For Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham.
    PRESENTER: Peter White
    PRODUCER: Mike Young

    • 18 min
    Glaucoma Treatments; Driverless Cars

    Glaucoma Treatments; Driverless Cars

    A programme responding to your emails on a range of subjects.
    Talking about the latest glaucoma treatments, our guests include Karen Osborn who's the Chief Executive of Glaucoma UK. Also joining us is Gus Gazzard from Moorfields Eye Hospital.
    And with the latest on the pros and cons of driverless cars, we hear from a leading designer in the industry.
    PRESENTER: Peter White
    PRODUCER: Mike Young

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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In touch

Great I love it

georgeferguson10 ,

Great listen

Some great insight into the visually impaired world. I am vi But this is a great listen for anyone. Peter Whyte delivers such a wonderful show!
Tom Walker also does a fantastic job reporting from all over. Such a great tone of voice bringing all his reports to life. Very insightful!

Unis4paws ,

In touch

In touch is a very informative weekly magazine type programme, covering every topic you could think of, and, although it's geared at the blind and partially sight population, the topics covered, and how it may affect blind and partially sighted people, can be very thought provoking, and give able bodied people insight into the world of people with sight loss and help them to understand that we may have a disability, but that we have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations as everyone else, and are no different to anyone else. It can be interesting to anyone, visual impairment or not, especially if you have a family member or friend with sight loss.

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