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15
OCT

Scotland bans parking on pavements

On the 10th of October, the Scottish parliament passed a bill which, in part, bans parking on pavements. It is the first nationwide ban in the UK.
Joe Irvin, chief executive officer of the campaign group Living Streets, says it is a win for pedestrians and blind and partially sighted people. But how will it be enforced, and does it go far enough?

What is it like listening to the streets at night if you’re homeless? Hugh Huddy immersed himself in amongst rough sleepers in Cardiff, and recorded what they hear all night. He tells Peter White, what the experience taught him.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat
08
OCT

Finding a safe meal

Burger King had to apologise after a staff member refused to read a brownie’s ingredients list to a blind woman with a nut allergy. So how should visually impaired people go about finding safe meals when eating certain foods has serious consequences?

UK Hospitality safety advisor Dr Lisa Ackerley, and Philippa Lomas, a blind mum of two children with severe food allergies, share their thoughts.

Descent Into Darkness by Simon Mahoney tells his sight loss story and is, he hopes, a companion guide for those going through similar.

He explains why he thinks getting registered sight impaired is important, how he deals with unwanted help, and introduces the term gratitude burn-out.

Wingingitblind.com
01
OCT

MP Marsha de Cordova’s fight for disability support

Visually impaired MP Marsha de Cordova has been struggling to get funding for the extra support she says she needs to do her job. The Shadow Disability Minister’s fight with Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the body responsible for supporting disabled MPs, is ongoing. Marsha explains what has gone wrong.

Talking newspapers, which provide print disabled people with an audio selection of articles from local publications, can now sign up to an application which makes them available on smart speakers. Inventor of My Talking Newspapers, Jonathan Horniblow, explains why he hopes this new service will bring the service to many more
listeners.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Emma Tracey
25
SEP

Putting Your Face On

Lucy Edwards spent six years perfecting her beauty routine after she lost her sight, and has passed on all she learnt in a book called The Blind Beauty Guide. She gives fellow blind journalist Emma Tracey her best makeup tips.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat

Pictured, from left to right: Emma Tracey and Lucy Edwards standing in the In Touch studio.

4 episodes