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RNIB Connect Radio is the UK radio station for blind and partially sighted people to find out what is happening in the community. You can also contribute and share your stories by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk) . Get involved and join the conversation.
 
Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Find out about the latest products from specialist equipment to off the shelf solutions. Get involved or join the conversation by emailing techtalk@rnib.org.uk
 
A weekly show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios. We talk to your favourite authors and narrators, along with reviews and news about new audiobooks. Presented by Red Szell in Camden and produced by Robert Kirkwood in Glasgow, you'll find a new episode here every Friday at 1pm plus bonus content such as longer uncut interviews and episodes of our occasional extra show, The Book Group. Talking Books is a free service from RNIB giving access to over 30,000 fiction an ...
 
If you are blind or partially sighted and have an interest in sport, whether it be as a participant or as an observer, this podcast is for you! Get involved and join the conversation by emailing radio@rnib.org.uk (mailto:radio@rnib.org.uk)
 
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For any soon-to-be-parent, one moment that is often named as an important milestone is getting a first glimpse at your baby even before it's born. But for many blind and partially sighted parents baby scans are not exactly accessible, but what if they could be? Nathan Edge, will become a dad, for the first time, this year and he recently received a…
 
This week Read On is focusing on The Costa Book Awards, which recognise the most enjoyable books published in the UK over the past year in five categories: Novel, Debut Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Books. The five category winners were selected earlier this month. And next week, one overall winner will be crowned Costa Book of the Year, …
 
RNIB Connect Radio's Toby Davey checked in with Pharmacist Elizabeth Roddick from New Life Pharmacy in Glasgow to chat about the following topics. Elizabeth's thoughts as a Pharmacist on the roll out of the Covid vaccination programme and whether people coming into her Pharmacy have been reporting any side effects from having the vaccine. Discussio…
 
Fancy yourself as a budding young bard or like some haggis, Irn Bru and some good old Burns poetry? Then, you might be interested in joining RNIB Scotland for the Virtual Burns Supper from 4 PM this Monday 25th of January. Daniel Meikle, Community Connection Coordinator with RNIB Scotland, spoke with us about the upcoming event and how to take part…
 
Time for Tech Talk! On this week's show, Steven, Robin and Andy are joined by birthday boy David Woodbridge to talk all about Apple! With Steven and David having a selection of new Apple products, the guys talk about how they're finding the MacBook Air, the AirPod Max headphones, and Series 6 Apple Watch - has the MacBook and the M1 chip met expect…
 
The white cane has been around for a very long time and still helps those with a visual impairment navigate their environment, increasing independent mobility. However, we are now in the 21st Century and a new company has taken the cane and given it an accessible tech upgrade, along with an app which is packed with orientation and mobility aids. RN…
 
A video that simulates sight loss has been developed by the Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) to highlight how the world looks through the eyes of people living with a visual impairment. Produced with help from Royal National Institute for Blind People and Glaucoma UK, the video focuses on the six most common sight conditions in the UK. Barry Snell sp…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
RNIB Connect Radio have teamed up with Uswitch to help you get Smart with your money. January can be a tough time to balance the bills and we all need to make the money we have work even harder for us. That's why we'll be looking at a range of ways for you to get the best out of your finances including looking at how switching providers can help yo…
 
Everyday in the UK, 250 people start to lose their sight. This is why the RNIB is asking you to Take on 250 for RNIB and help to support more and more people who are living with sight loss. RNIB Connect Radio’s Toby Davey caught up with Nicola Nicolaou, RNIB Challenge Events manager to find out more about Take on 250 for RNIB and how you can help i…
 
In Read On this week, we are focusing on resilience: Mick Dawson and blind veteran Steve Sparky Sparks discuss their gruelling journey to row across the Pacific Ocean. Sarah Jane Douglas and Richard Frazer reveal the reconciliation each of them found through walking and contemplation. Ed Caesar introduces us to 'The Moth and The Mountain': the extr…
 
If you're blind or partially sighted, accessing food and groceries in the UK right now can present a challenge. Which is why, since the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, charity RNIB have been working to help support blind and partially sighted people who are struggling with access to their essential shopping. And now with another lockdow…
 
Each year an event takes place, for 1 week, along the South Coast of England. Skippers and their yachts, with a sighted crew, invite blind and partially sighted people to join them for a week on the water and it's open to experienced sailors and complete novices. Despite the current pandemic situation, the organisers are getting ready for a summer …
 
The UK is trying to get used to new rules and regulations for many aspects of our relationship with our European neighbours. A consequence of this is that it is now more complicated for people travelling with assistance dogs, like Guide Dogs, to travel from the UK into the EU, with further complexities for travel between mainland UK and Northern Ir…
 
Once again as restrictions change, theatres and arts venues are closing their doors and adapting their shows and exhibitions. More and more are now moving online and many of these have audio description for their blind and partially sighted customers. RNIB Connect radio's Allan Russell spoke to Anne Hornsby from MindsEye Arts, providers of audio de…
 
Clare Aldworth, RNIB's National Involvement Coordinator shares the latest opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to get involved in. In the first Connect Voices Round Up for 2021 there are opportunities for people living in the Birmingham area to take part in a survey all about hospital eye care services and a reminder about what Conn…
 
Time to re-join Claire Forde and her 'in conversation with...' series; this time sitting down for a catch-up with her close friend Rae Walker. Rae lost her sight at the age of twenty-two, and she speaks to Claire about how it unfolded, the support she received at the time, deciding to move schools at eleven, and the reaction from her family. As wit…
 
With many children, young people and adults being forced to study at home, access to text books is essential, especially if you are visually impaired and require accessible formats. RNIB's Book Share service is free for all ages and has over 647,000 accessible educational titles, and growing, in it's archive. As well as the free access, RNIB has te…
 
Brand new year, same old Tech Talk! Welcome back everyone, we hope your Christmas and New Year was as good as current situations allow, and that 2021 has started as close to promising as possible. The team of Steven, Robin, Tim and Andy return for our first official TT of the new year (even though we have been on already... shhh). On today's episod…
 
This week on AVOA, we’re staying on the sofa and taking in the offerings of The Old Vic. Firstly, Tim Calvert gives his thoughts on this season’s production of a Christmas Carol, featuring Andrew Lincoln as Scrooge, which was broadcast via Zoom. Also, two performances from the Old Vic’s In Camera series are back by popular demand. Brian Friels’s Fa…
 
There's no doubt that pandemic restrictions have meant a rapid change to the lives of everyone across the globe. For blind and partially sighted people, though, these restrictions have a greater impact for all areas of their everyday lives. From accessing online education, to sight loss prevention and even getting around while trying to socially di…
 
Having trouble connecting your child's braille display to their computer or phone? Don't know how to start up JAWS on a PC? These are typical scenarios that blind kids are learning to deal with from home with baffled parents looking on. If you are the parent of a blind child and need some technical support, RNIB is at hand. Listen to Ben Rendle fro…
 
Jacquie Winning is the Manager of the Forth Valley Sensory Centre, serving customers across Falkirk and Stirlingshire. Her work during the pandemic has earned her an MBE for reacting quickly to the restrictions and making sure that people with sensory loss were not forgotten and provided with as much support as possible. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan …
 
Fresh after cooking up a festive storm on BBC1's Master Chef, blind entrepreneur, tv presenter and motivational speaker Amar Latif is going Wild! On Rip Off Britain. He will be back on our tv screens on Tuesday 12th January at 9:15am, also available to catch up on iPlayer, looking at wild camping and wild swimming. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russel…
 
RNIB Connect Radio's Toby Davey for the first time in 2021 checked in with Pharmacist Elizabeth Roddick from New Life Pharmacy in Glasgow to chat about the following topics. With the role out of the Covid Vaccinations, what affect if any might the changes in the timings between the first and second vaccinations from the initial three-week period ha…
 
Emma Evans has been included in the New Year's Honours list for 2021, in recognition of her passionate support and promotion of Goalball. The MBE will recognise her creation of the UK's first Goalball team to be invited to take part in the European Super League, her tireless fund raising for the sport and her drive to get UK Civil Servants involved…
 
Vicky Goldie reveals how working for RNIB and her own personal circumstances informed the character of her blind detective. Paul Mylrea reviews Ngaio Marsh's 'Scales of Justice'. Tim Finch discusses his novel Peace Talks, which has been short listed for the Costa Award. And Anna Bell shares a cautionary tale in her new rom com We Just Clicked.…
 
Imagine having lots of newspapers, magazines and books, on 1 device, in your pocket. Imagine you could make calls, surf the net, use GPS along with lots more great applications? Well you can, with In Your Pocket. RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell spoke to Nicki Cockburn to find out how easy it is to use, for someone who is blind, and what her favo…
 
Happy New Year Tech Talk fans! Following on from the last episode, where we reviewed 2020, we now look ahead at what is ahead of us in 2021, and once again, we do it for two whole hours! Team STAR reunite, yes, Steven , Tim, Andy and Robin lay out their thoughts about what lies ahead - flip phones, phablets, ultrawide band, a little bit more WFH, b…
 
The Best of Read On 2020 Part 2: Robert Kirkwood talks to the winner of the Costa First Novel award, Sarah Collins. Stuart Turton takes us on a mysterious and murderous voyage in his new novel The Devil and the Dark Water. We hear the heart warming story of how an RNIB volunteer, a musician and a holocaust survivor came together to create a Talking…
 
The Best of Read on 2020: Part 1 Costa Award Winner Jack Fairweather introduces us to 'The Volunteer'. We hitch a ride with an enchanted suitcase and author LD Lapinski’s 'Strange Worlds Travel Agency'. Husband and wife narrators Alastair Petrie and Lucy Scott reveal how they kept calm and carried on narrating despite lockdown. Blade Runner meets F…
 
Each year, at this time, RNIB Connect Radio's Allan Russell talks with the Chief Executives of some of the world's largest sight loss charities. Today we speak with Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport, to find out how pandemic restrictions impacted on their work, how the team pulled together through difficult times and why 2021 is looking …
 
This week a snowy special: Lucy Foley takes us to the Scottish Highlands in her chilling crime thriller ‘The Hunting Party’. Robert introduces Red to a comedy classic set on the slopes of a Himalayan mountain. Sir Chris Bonington shares some of his own, real life, tales from the snowy peaks. And we discover more about another cool customer at home …
 
What a year, eh? I'm sure many of you will be glad to have 2020 behind us; there certainly has been a lot to talk about, especially in tech! So much so in fact, we're with you for the next TWO HOURS! Yes, on this back-to-back Boxing Day Tech Talk extravaganza, Steven, Robin and Tim are joined by David Woodbridge from Vision Australia to reflect on …
 
Each year we talk with Chief Executives, from some of the world's largest sight loss charities. We look back at the current year, it's highlights and challenges, and look at what's ahead in the new year. Today, RNIB Connect Radio's Steven Scott talks with Matt Stringer, CEO of RNIB. Matt talks about facing some hard times through the pandemic, a st…
 
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