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The Princess Royal has officially opened a new centre for deafblind adults. Charity Deafblind Scotland spent a decade campaigning and fundraising for the £2 million learning and development centre in East Dunbartonshire. The princess toured the building which has a recording studio, arts space and high-tech IT room, and has…
We all need extra help and assistance sometimes, whether we have an illness or are just getting older. The UK population is living longer than ever before. According to the Office of National Statistics, life expectancy has generally increased steadily over the past 30 years and currently stands at approximately…
A third of dementia cases could be prevented by making environmental and life-style changes starting in childhood, scientists have claimed. The panel of 24 international experts identified a range of modifiable risk factors they believe to be responsible for around 35% of all instances of dementia, including Alzheimer's. Different risk…
A man has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting blind children while he was a schoolboy. From the age of 12, David Penman sexually assaulted numerous pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh. All of his victims, male and female, are blind or partially sighted, as he is.…
Thousands of British children with a blinding arthritic disease stand a chance of preserving their sight with a combination of drugs, trial results have shown. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) can lead to uveitis, an inflammatory eye condition that may have serious complications, including blindness. Around 5,000 children in the UK…
The Scottish Sensory Awards, from the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) and the Scottish Council on Vision Impairment (SCOVI), showcase good practice, promote the rights of people living with sensory impairments in Scotland and recognise the range of work with deaf, deafblind and visually impaired people undertaken across the statutory,…
Somerset County Council has for the second time left a vulnerable boy with disabilities without the speech and language and occupational therapy support he needs, because officers did not know how to find him a therapist. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published a report censuring the council after the…
Many parts of the NHS are "failing" to provide life-changing cataract surgery for patients, a charity has warned. There is a postcode lottery of care across England, with patients in some regions being able to access the surgery promptly while people in other regions are forced to wait for months…
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