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Local Information - Benefits for the visually impaired
Local Information - Organisations that help the visually impaired
Local Information- More information on your eye condition
If you would like further information about eye/sight conditions, you can contact Visibility. If you would like to know more about the services they provide, please get in contact by using the following information.
Phone: 0141 332 4632
Address: 2 Queens Crescent, Glasgow G4 9BW
North Lanarkshire Council also have a team of Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers who deal with people with a sensory impairment. They can provide information and practical advice, including mobility training and independent living skills training.
They can be contacted through your local Social Work Office. Alternatively, please email email@example.com
For any further information, please visit the RNIB website: www.rnib.org.uk/
Local Information- Registering a visual impairment
If you have substantial and permanent vision loss in both eyes you may wish to register as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind). Registration simply means having your name added to a confidential list of people who have permanent sight loss.
Keeping this register allows North Lanarkshire Council to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment and it is also required for certain financial benefits and consensus. Registration is entirely voluntary.
If you decide you want to register, you must be referred to the hospital by your GP or optometrist. Your Eye Consultant will decide if you are medically eligible and then certify, using form CV1, that you can be registered as sight impaired (partially sighted) or severely sight impaired (blind).
For further information, contact a Rehabilitation and Mobility Officer at your local Social Work Office.
Local Information- Risk of scalding
From your answers you have indicated that you may be at risk of scalding yourself during your daily tasks. There may be a solution available to you through your local Social Work who can refer you for a fuller assessment.
Alternatively, you can visit North Lanarkshire Council's website for more information: www.northlan.gov.uk.
Local Information - Help or services around the home
Local Information- Help or services around the home
Local Information- Low vision and Magnifiers
The Lanarkshire Low Vision Project provides low vision aids to people with a visual impairment within Lanarkshire. Referrals are accepted from any source, including self-referral and assessments are carried out by named optical practices in each town.
You will be provided with advice and equipment, such as a magnifier to help with reading small print, if the optometrist thinks this will be helpful. A Rehabilitation Officer from North Lanarkshire Council's Health and Social Care can advise on how to make the best use of remaining vision using lighting, magnification and colour contrast.
If you would prefer to make your own arrangements, you can contact your local Social Work office to arrange an appointment.
Local Information- Talking Book Service and Large Print Books
Home Library Services are also available. This is a free service available to all residents of North Lanarkshire who are unable to visit a branch or mobile library because of a disability or long-term illness which normally confines them to their home.
When you apply to join the service, you will be visited in your home by a member of the library staff who will ask a few questions about the type of book you like, such as whether you prefer large print or ordinary print, hardback or paperback, etc. You can also choose to receive talking books, music cassettes and compact discs.
As soon as your requirements are established we will select items for you, which will be delivered to your home every 4 weeks by library staff. At the same time, staff will collect any items you are returning to us. All library staff making visits to your home carry identity badges.
CALIBRE offers audio books for those who struggle to read due to sight issues or other disabilities. Its library has the largest lending collection of audio books in the UK, including many genres for all ages. For an application form, you can contact Calibre through the information below, and either print off a PDF version or download the Word Document to your computer.
All application forms will only be accepted by post to the address above. For information on membership fees please visit the Calibre website for details.
Local Information- Talking Newspaper Service
Cue and Review transcribe twenty-two print magazines and newspapers into audio format for the visually impaired. They provide titles for everyone, especially young people. For further details on this Glasgow based organisation, please use the information below.
Cumbernauld Audio News is a talking newspaper service for the visually impaired, producing Cumbernauld News and Celtic View.
Based in Coatbridge, Monklands Talking Newspaper produce a talking weekly newspaper for the visually impaired in the Monklands Area.
Wishaw and Motherwell Talking Newspaper produce a talking version of the Wishaw Press, Motherwell Times, Bellshill Speaker and North Lanarkshire News.