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The RNIB have launched a prototype pregnancy test for visually impaired people, making it possible for the first time to find out results independently.
Support from the Manchester High Sheriff's Fund enabled us to distribute Optelec digital magnifiers to the most vulnerable visually impaired people across Greater Manchester.
Find out how to recognise money if you are visually impaired, and learn how the process has become easier since the introduction of polymer banknotes.
Find out what our Trafford and Oldham Tech Talk members voted as their favourite piece of technology in 2020.
Find out about Laundry Lens, an app that can help you to interpret laundry labels when washing your clothes.
Find out about Pingit, an accessible solution for managing your money.
We offer digital technology assessments at Manchester Central Library, so we went along to check out what's changed at the building since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Hear from Lynne Nicholson, who is visually impaired and uses her smartphone and navigation apps to travel independently.
Our Enablement Officer for the borough of Tameside, Greater Manchester, talks about her day-to-day duties supporting people living with sight loss in the local area.
There are a number of dictation solutions available, but which one is the best? We thought we would try some of the most common versions side by side to see how they performed.
Mark discusses how shops and services have changed since lockdown restrictions eased, in order to help better inform visually impaired people of what to expect when they go out.
'COVID InSights' is a new series from Henshaws in which blind and visually impaired individuals share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through videos and blogs.
As the pandemic lockdown restrictions across the UK are eased, we discuss tips for how people with sight loss can prepare themselves for the 'new normal' in our towns and cities.
Kate, our Enablement Officer based in Oldham, explains her role in supporting the local sight loss community and the services that she delivers on a daily basis.
As lockdown restrictions across the UK are eased as part of the roadmap to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, we discuss how people with a visual impairment may need support.
Top tips to businesses and venues that are re-opening after the Covid-19 lockdown on how to support visitors who are visually impaired in our new socially-distanced world.
Our counsellor discusses how primarily, working with blind and partially sighted clients is rooted in supporting the issues connected to bereavement and its stages of grief.
Our Senior Rehabilitation Officer, Simon, shares his top tips for social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic if you are blind or visually impaired.
Mark discusses how his first thought on the announcement of the Covid-19 lockdown was getting his elderly relatives some connectivity with an Amazon Echo Show.
Mindfulness can foster wellbeing, improve self-confidence and self-esteem, and provide coping mechanisms, which has proved to be beneficial to children with a visual impairment.
Our Senior Rehabilitation Officer, Simon Merrills, shares his top tips for helping a visually impaired person with their shopping, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
Most children will now be learning from home during this period. Follow our tips to find out what is right for you and your visually impaired child during this time.
Knowing what to get your loved one for Christmas can be a struggle at the best of times. Here's some ideas from us at Henshaws for anyone with sight loss.
I was very fortunate to be invited to meet one of our visually impaired service users from Oldham last month, just a few days after he celebrated his 100th birthday!
Find out the songs that our Community Services staff put forward as the songs that represent what we're all about at Henshaws!
We review six products, three high-tech and three low-tech, which were not designed for someone with sight loss but are fully accessible and could increase independence.
Students from our Specialist College in Harrogate recently celebrated completion of their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
We review Eye-D, an app for iOS and Android that enables people with a visual impairment to be more independent.
Don't let worries about accessibility put you off getting into the countryside. There are all sorts of resources out there to help.
If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, Access to Work is there to support you.
We take a trip to Bolton Museum and it's new Egyptian Gallery. How accessible is it to visually impaired visitors?
Our Yorkshire services offer opportunities for autistic people to create a pathway to independence.
Ally happens to be registered severely sight impaired. He loves music and loves to take on new challenges. Find out how he found the opportunity to combine the two.
Francesca started losing her sight 12 years ago but that hasn't stopped her taking on new challenges like 'Lakes in a Day', a 50 mile ultra run through the fells.
Our Specialist College welcomed local employers and support organisations onto campus for our first Careers Information, Advice & Guidance day for students and their families.
Smart devices can help to make everyday living that bit easier. Mark runs us through some ways that the Amazon Echo can be used by people with sight loss and other health problems.
Yoga has amazing health benefits. Diane shares her story of how yoga changed her life, and teacher Rosanna provides advice for anyone feeling nervous about giving it a go.
The National Football Museum claims a number of accessible features, but what is it really like to visit as a disabled guest? Alice puts it to the test!
Andrew attends Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre workshops, and has been an Art Maker for over 20 years! He shares his arts and crafts journey.
In April this year Henshaws ambassador Dave Steele and his wife Amy took a Fifteen Thousand Ft plunge from an airplane, all in the name of raising funds for Henshaws!
Technology has been rapidly developing, with lots of new potential digital solutions for visually impaired people. Mark shares an update on the latest from tech giants Microsoft.
For visually impaired people, managing and identifying money can be challenging. Follow our top four tips to help you handle your finances with confidence.
We explore two apps that connect a visually impaired user with a sighted volunteer, and Community Services Development Manager Mark shares with us his experience as a volunteer.
Frank has attended Henshaws' Living with Sight Loss course and is a regular at our Tuesday group. He explains how Henshaws has helped him keep in touch with old friends!
Henshaws fundraiser and mother to Tess, Kate Simpson, wrote a beautiful poem last year in celebration of the Henshaws College Graduation ceremony in July 2017.
Max is a student at our specialist college and is based in The Starting Point, a dedicated setting for students on the autistic spectrum. Max's mum, Brigitte, shares her story.
It’s hard to give your child to someone else – it’s a guilty feeling, but I don’t know what I would have done without Henshaws.
Our Yorkshire services offer opportunities for disabled people with autism to create a pathway to independence.
Manchester based poet and Henshaws ambassador Dave Steele shares with us his experience on living with sight loss.
There are many varieties of canes, but what is the real difference between them? We give you the breakdown of mobility canes.
Debbie talks to Kevin, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, about his experience of good and bad communication.
Jake swims with the Downs Syndrome Swimming - Great Britain team. We find out how he and the squad got on at the 2017 European Championships.
The supported internship programme at our Specialist College helps prepare students with learning disabilities for employment. We find out more.
Francesca is a single parent to two teenagers and has Stargardts Macular Dystrophy. Has this stopped her love of travel and adventure? No chance!
Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, recently hosted its 4th annual Leisure, Lifestyle and Work Fair, a free transitions event for young disabled people.
We welcomed our local police and fire services to the Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough to find out ways to help us all stay safe.
Most banks offer a range of services to make everyday banking more accessible for VI people. Our Tech Talk group share the best features that can help you bank independently.
Carl works at Henshaws College and is on a Makaton mission to make communication more accessible for those with special needs.
Francesca Scott started to lose her sight at aged 39, with two young children, a full-time job and living in a remote area... how did she cope?
Our Children & Families service runs a number of different fun activities and events throughout the year; find out what we're running this summer in Greater Manchester.
We teamed up with Manchester CCGs to understand how visually impaired people access health services, and how they can engage the group better. We share our findings and top tips.
It is now almost a year since Tessa graduated from Henshaws College. We caught up with her mum, Kate, to find out how she's doing.
Henshaws volunteer and Trustee Helen Brazier is back to share with us a typical morning on Henshaws’ information desk at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Sight loss can mask as dementia, and go undetected for years. We’ll guide you on how to spot the signs, and what to do next if you suspect that someone has sight loss.
Having a visual impairment doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy books! We’ve rounded up the best ways to access books when you’re blind or visually impaired.
Last week, our independence course 'I Can Do It' spent the week at the Children's Adventure Farm in Altrincham, for a fun-filled week of cooking, animals and adventure!
Team Henshaws returned to Skipton Triathlon last week for the fifth year in a row, for a record breaking day of exercise and sun.
Ever wondered what those different bumps and lumps on the pavement mean? Watch and learn.
Find out how 22 year old Rhys uses his iPhone to overcome the challenges his sight loss brings.
Read our top tips for making your business accessible. By following our 7 tips, your place of work can be accessible for all.
We have a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to take part in a four-night residential holiday at the Children’s Adventure Farm as part of our I Can Do It course.
Our new Supported Internship scheme prepares young people with disabilities for the world of work. Here we share Jake’s success story.
Social media is important for all facets of life, work and play, but how does it work if you have little or no vision?
Our new Children & Families Enablement Officer Sara will be working in Oldham - find out about the services she will be offering around the local area.
Our course is a great way to learn about friendships, doing things for yourself & cooking - all through fun activities!
We've adapted last year's blog from volunteer and service user John, where he runs us through his top tips for hosting someone with visual impairments the Christmas season.
Henshaws housing is specially adapted for people with a range of disabilities. We cover some of the ways that homes can be adapted so they’re person-centred and accessible for all.
Kate, mum of Henshaws graduate Tessa, gives an honest account of her daughter's move to supported living and her top survival tips for parents whose disabled child is leaving home
Your home is where you should feel most comfortable and relaxed, but it may need some adaptations to make it safe to live in if you’re visually impaired.
Many people presume someone who has little or no vision no longer appreciates the visual world, and may no longer care about what they wear or how they look. How wrong they are...
Henshaws volunteer Jack, tells us about his 10 years of volunteering at Henshaws, and why our unique Arts & Crafts Centre garden needs your support.
A parent's experience of life after graduation from Kate Simpson, mum to Tessa who graduated from Henshaws Specialist College in July 2016.
Getting stuck for ideas on what activities to do with your children over the summer holidays? We've got you covered!
Nic, Disability Support Officer shares her top tips for promoting independent travel for people with disabilities.
Advice on shopping strategies for people with autism from Aimee Jackson, Autism Programme Leader at Henshaws Specialist College in Harrogate.
Henshaws Enablement Officer, Gail, shares the top five ways in which she can help to support people living with sight loss to live a more independent and fulfilled life.
"I’ve learnt so much with Henshaws, but I’m really excited to share with you one of the biggest achievements I’ve made – travelling on my own from Yorkshire to Scotland!"
For World Autism Awareness week, we explore how our new edible sensory garden is making a difference to students in our specialist autism centre
The novelty of being able to make calls on her own helped Anita gain an incredible skill...
What a year! We are pleased to say that we have just completed the first year of our new BBC Children in Need funded project.
Kate Nattrass, our new Enablement Officer based in Oldham tells us more about herself and the work she'll be doing in Oldham.
Henshaws College graduate Karina learnt to stand and walk so she could step into her grandma's house and enjoy spending time together as a family. Her Mum Amanda tells her story.
Meet Lee from our supported living service who simply loves his music and is now our resident DJ at our Arts & Crafts centre in Knaresborough!
Philippa Young, a Henshaws service user in the North-East tells us her inspiring story of how Henshaws has turned her life around since she joined us 18 months ago.
Henshaws Specialist College graduate Edward left College in 2012. We were delighted when his mum Carole and dad Alec shared Edward’s story.
John, service user at Henshaws Liverpool Resource Centre, runs us through his top tips for hosting someone with visual impairments this Christmas.
Our Community Services Development Manager Mark Belcher reviews what he thinks is a potentially game changing piece of wearable technology for those with visual impairments.
Tony McGrail, Dispensing Optician and Low Vision Practitioner at Wallwork Opticians in Swinton, tells us about the benefits and outcomes of having a Low Vision Assessment.
Paralympic swimmer and Henshaws ambassador Hannah Russell continues to share her road to the Rio Olympics.
Support worker Bill shared with me his approach to supporting Andrew, and how sometimes it can be best not to help…
Our Children and Young People’s Enablement Officer, Natalie Thompson, tells us about the success of our first round of IMCYP courses which took place in Manchester this Summer.
Tom is our very own IT Technician at Henshaws in Manchester, and we’ve adapted his blog entry on the accessibility of Windows 10 into our ‘Top 10 Tips’.
Alastair, a Henshaws volunteer who runs a triathlon club to support our service users to get involved in sport, reflects on their challenges so far.
Henshaws College Speech and Language therapist Ellie runs through how Makaton works, and her top tips for using it as a communication tool.
We were visited last week by two of our former students who delivered these beautiful flower troughs which they’ve created for this year’s graduation ceremony.
During the Spring Bank half term we took a group of children and young people to Chill Factore for a beginner’s taster ski-ing session: Fiona tells us more about their fab day out.
Jo Fishwick, the creator of VI Talk - a popular online podcast for blind and visually impaired people - shares with us an insight into the person behind the podcast.
Two of our service users, Tony and Audrey have been learning how to cook in a series of pilot cookery sessions - here they tell you their stories.
With the final of Britain’s Got Talent taking place last weekend, we’d like to share with you our very own event, Henshaws Got Talent!
Kate Simpson, mum to Tess, gives her top tips for supporting young people with disabilities to maintain skills for independent living.
Ron from our Liverpool centre shares with us his experience of Henshaws, and how he has been able to access new hobbies and skills since joining.
Visually impaired service user and volunteer Kim shares her visit to Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough during the winter season
College graduate Rachael now runs her own arts and crafts business from home. She explains what life is like for her now and how Henshaws supported her to achieve her goals.
Travel independently with our VI travel series from Andrew Rose: this weeks covers walking.
Helen is a volunteer on the information desk at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and she shares with us a typical day for her.
Henshaws graduate Nathan came back to talk to us about his new craft shop and cafe which is putting the practical skills he learnt at College to good use.
Travel independently with our VI travel series from Andrew Rose: this weeks covers using trains.
Our physiotherapist Lee at Henshaws College shares an insight into his role and how he's making a real difference to young people with disabilities.
At this time of year, many of us will be dreaming of summer and starting to plan holidays so we thought it would be a good idea to share some travel tips we have collected.
Henshaws Community Services attendee Paul tells us his story of how blind football has changed his life.
How do you communicate when you are deafblind? How do you communicate with someone who is deafblind? For Jon and Shirley, the answer is… through art.
Andrew Rose gives his top tips on how to travel independently travelling by bus with sight loss
The volunteers at the Henshaws Hospital Desk are back to share more stories of their experience of volunteering at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
Our Research and Information Manager Helen recently attended the Vision UK Conference held in London and tells us about her experience.
Kim attends our Braille Group and tells us all about this tactile form of communication for the blind and visually impaired.
Julie, our Employability Skills Co-ordinator at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, tells us about her role and what we offer.
We have a very active student council at College who represent the voices of all our students - hear from some of our council members about their roles.
An introduction from our children and family specialists, Fiona and Zahida on their roles at Henshaws.
Kimberley shares some of her illustrations, as well as how she won the competition for RNIB's ‘Young Illustrator of the Year’ title.
David shares with us his story on losing his sight, and how he discovered different activities including blind archery.
As today is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day, we wanted to share some exciting news and useful resources with you.
I’m often asked what it’s like to live life with a visual impairment. I just have to approach life in a slightly different way...
Kimberley shares with us her experiences as a young person living with sight loss.
Travel independently with our VI travel series from Andrew Rose: this week's blog covers using the tram.
Art Maker Andrew has had an eye condition for at least 6 years. Here he shares his story in a video diary...
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