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‘working together across London for people with a visual impairment’


LVIF E-Bulletin: 13th October 2017

This Bulletin is also available on our website: http://lvif.co.uk/category/news-bulletins/
2017 meeting dates can be downloaded here:

http://lvif.co.uk/2016/10/lvif-meeting-dates-2017/
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NB: The views and opinions expressed in this bulletin are those of the contributors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the LVIF or its members as a whole.
Introduction
Welcome to the latest edition of the LVIF Bulletin! This Bulletin contains lots of interesting medical research articles including the glaucoma tests that can be done at home, a new trial involving the bionic eye and artificial corneas made with a 3D printer. Other news includes updates on Vision UK and Amazon’s plans for their new smartglasses. Events include an employment day for people with sight loss, guide running sessions and audio description tours.

      1. NEWS



MEDICAL RESEARCH


  • Scientists Can Now 3D Print New Corneas for Human Transplant from Fish Scales

  • Research Shows Glaucoma Self-Testing Can be done from Home

  • NHS England is recruiting people with RP for bionic eye surgery evaluation

  • Outdoor playtime might help children’s eyesight

  • European project aims to find new tests and treatments for AMD


TECHNOLOGY


  • Amazon Looking to Release Alexa-Powered Smartglasses

  • New Tactile Reading System Claims to be Easier to Learn than Braille


CHARITIES AND CAMPAIGNS



OTHER NEWS


      1. EVENTS

1: Employment Day

2: Audio Description Tours at Whitechapel Gallery

3: Get Yourself Active: Learning Event

4: Guide Running Taster Morning

5: CrazyFlix Art Workshop

6: Outdoor Activity Day
And finally…

  1. NEWS



MEDICAL RESEARCH
Scientists Can Now 3D Print New Corneas for Human Transplant from Fish Scales
A team at Massey University in New Zealand has successfully made a printer that turns out new cornea designed for humans. The printer builds the cornea from collagen, one of the main structural proteins our skin is made from. However, the collagen of the corneas will be sourced from the scales of hoki fish, which have been shown to be accepted by the human body. There are currently ten million people worldwide who need cornea transplants and this design has the potential to restore their sight.
Read the full article here
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Research Shows Glaucoma Self-Testing Can be done from Home
For many glaucoma patients, repeat trips to a doctor to check on their eyes can be a real pain. However, recent research supports the usefulness of a device that allows glaucoma patients to measure their own eye pressure—in the comfort of their own home. Researchers found that among 100 glaucoma patients, most were able to successfully use the handheld device, called Icare HOME. This suggests that at-home measurements would be a reasonable option for many patients.

Read the full article here


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NHS England is recruiting people with RP for bionic eye surgery evaluation
Ten people with Retinitis Pigmentosa are being asked to review the benefits of an eye implant. Selected applicants will take part in the evaluation of the small implant, called Argus II, or the ‘bionic eye’, which will be surgically fitted into their retina. Following the surgery, participants of the evaluation will receive rehabilitation for one year to help them use the technology on a day to day basis. The evaluation will gather the patient’s feedback about how the implant has made a difference to their lives.
Click here for more information
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Outdoor playtime might help children’s eyesight
The ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen time affect the development of their eyes? Recent studies have shown that exposure to outdoor light has a protective effect and reduced the chances that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future.
Read the full article here
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European project aims to find new tests and treatments for AMD
A new Europe-wide project is aiming to develop tests and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).The Macustar project is being led by the University of Bonn in Germany and involves researchers from many universities in Europe including City, University of London, University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Read the full article here
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TECHNOLOGY
Amazon Looking to Release Alexa-Powered Smartglasses
Industry reports suggest that Amazon is planning to launch glasses featuring Alexa, the company’s voice assistant. The glasses will connect to Alexa through a bone-conduction audio system that will transmit sounds into the user’s head. The smartglasses are unlikely to feature a camera in any form, bypassing the privacy concerns that have affected previous attempts at bringing smartglasses to the market.
Read the full article here
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New Tactile Reading System Claims to be Easier to Learn than Braille
According to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), only 10% of people with sight loss can read Braille. ELIA Life Technology has developed a new tactile reading system in order to provide an alternative for people who are struggling to learn Braille. The new tactile reading system is based on the Roman alphabet and NASA’s control panel design.
Read the full article here
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CHARITIES AND CAMPAIGNS
Work begins to establish new organisation for the eye health and sight loss sector
Preparations are under way for the official launch of Vision UK in 2018. Vision UK will work in collaboration with partners across the eye health and sight loss sector to deliver positive change for blind and partially sighted people. Staff from VISION 2020 UK have officially transferred to the new organisation, Vision UK. Vision UK brings together VISION 2020 UK, the UK Vision Strategy and the England Vision Strategy.
Read the full article here
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AOP Awards: Voting now open
Voting is now open for the AOP Awards 2018. The winners will be announced at a black-tie Awards ceremony and dinner, on Sunday, 28th January 2018. Click the link below to go to the AOP website, where you can learn more about the finalists in each category and cast your vote!
Click here to vote
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OTHER NEWS
What is Wyburn-Mason syndrome?
Have you ever met someone with Wyburn-Mason syndrome (WMS)? The chances are, probably not as the condition is so rare there are only 30 known cases in the world. In this article from NB Online, Dan Jeffries, who has WMS, answers some common questions about the condition and what it’s like to live with it.
Read the full article here
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Department of Transport: Draft transport accessibility action plan
The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out our proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities. The action plan covers a range of transport modes including aviation, trains, buses and taxis, as well as ways to improve the accessibility of public spaces.
The deadline for the consultation is 23:45 on 15th November 2017
Read the full article here
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      1. EVENTS



1: Employment Day
Date: 18th October

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Location: CAN Mezzanine Borough, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR
Thomas Pocklington Trust is collaborating with an international company to offer an employment workshop. This is a free event for all people aged 18 – 65 who are looking for employment.
The workshop will include:
• Elevator Pitches – how to successfully and articulately summarise your skills and talents

• Presentation skills – planning and delivering a group presentation about sight loss

• An opportunity to educate a top employer on the adjustments which can be made for people with sight loss in the work place
Please book your place as soon as possible as places are limited. The deadline for applications is 16th October at 12:00.
Contact Information:

Courtney Nugent



Email: Courtney.nugent@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Telephone: 0203 7613656


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2: Audio Description Tours at Whitechapel Gallery
Date: 26th October, 25th November, 17th December and 10th January

Time: Starts at 18:00 on 26th October and 11:30 on all other dates

Location: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
These tours will focus on a major exhibition by the artist Thomas Ruff. The tours are free, as is entrance to the gallery.
Contact Information:

Taylor Learmouth

Email: taylorlearmouth@whitechapelgallery.org

Telephone: 02075227888


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3: Get Yourself Active: Learning Event
Date: 27th October

Time: 10:00 – 14:00

Location: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
Please join us for the London Get Yourself Active learning event to hear about the experiences of the Get Yourself Active project. We have been finding ways for disabled people to become more active, and we want to talk to you about how we can move forward to increase access to physical activity with and for disabled people.
About the event:


  • Listen to presentations from GYA partners about their experience of coproducing better approaches to physical activity opportunities with and for disabled people.

  • Learn about our key findings from evaluation and research carried out in partnership with OPM and the University of Birmingham.

  • Discuss how you might be involved in developing these approaches locally with colleagues from different sectors.

This learning event is for you if you work in the disability sector, social care, health or sport and looking for new approaches to better health and wellbeing for disabled.


Areas of interest:


  • Personal budgets, personal health budgets and the Care Act

  • Coproduction in design, development and delivery of physical activity and sport locally

  • The role of disabled people’s user led organisations in engaging with inactive disabled people

  • Outcomes of physical activity around independence, choice and control, health and wellbeing and community connections

Click here to book your place


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4: Guide Running Taster Morning
Date: 28th October

Time: 9:30 – 12:30

Location: Essex University, Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park, London CO4 3SQ
An introduction to Guided Running in a friendly, supportive environment with experienced guide runners and coaches!
Suitable for all ability and fitness levels.
Contact Information:

Gary Perryman

Email: garyperryman1@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone: 07549 191221
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5: CrazyFlix Art Workshop
Date: 18th November

Time: 14:00 - 16:00

Location: Sight for Surrey Office, Rentwood, School Lane, Fetcham, Surrey, KT22 9JX
Have fun spraying and flicking paint to design your own t-shirt and finish the session by making a massive graffiti picture.
This event is open to all VI teenagers (aged 11 – 19) – you are welcome to bring a friend of the same age range.
Contact Information:

Carol Perrver

Email: Cperryer@sightforsurrey.org.uk
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6: Outdoor Activity Day
Date: 26th November

Time: 9:30 - 16:30

Location: High Ashurst Outdoor Centre, Headley Lane, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6DQ
Come spend the day at High Ashurst Outdoor Centre, Dorking. We will be taking part in four different activities including Climbing and Abseiling (adaptable hoist is available).
Cost: £3 for a VI teenager (age 11-19), £7 for a friend of the same age. Pack lunch is included in the cost
Contact Information:

Carol Perrver



Email: Cperryer@sightforsurrey.org.uk
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And finally…
3D Map helps students with sight loss in Texas
A Braille map made using a 3D printer has been created to help students at Texas A&M University find their way to class. Mechanical engineering student Tyler Wooten designed and printed the map with the help of the Association of Former Students and University Centre & Special Events (UCEN), and it was placed in the Student Union last month.
Read the full article here
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