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Voting Advice, DJ Lucy Edwards and Doping

In May the High Court ruled that the use of Tactile Voting Devices was unlawful. Blind and VI people are regularly confronted with polling staff who do not seem to realise the rules, so ahead of the General Election we discuss what you're entitled to with Ailsa Irvine from the Electoral Commission. We also hear from Rachael Andrews who brought the case on the basis that her vote as a blind person was not secret and independent.

Lucy Edwards is no stranger to In Touch, she's a You Tuber, a reporter and now - Radio One's first blind DJ. She tells us about making a piece of radio history as experienced music DJ Jill Barkley gives her a few tips about navigating the wheels of steel without sight.

And as a ban on Russian athletes competing in world sport is renewed, Mani Djazmi guides us through the world of drugs in disabled sport - and the thorny question of whether unscrupulous coaches can sometimes make blind sportsmen and women unwittingly cheat.

Presented by Peter White
Produced by Kevin Core

Love Stories

Do visually impaired children have more disrupted sleep than sighted children? University College London is looking for children to take part in sleep research.

And we fulfill one listener’s request to learn about how visually-impaired people met their significant others.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat

The man who helps actors 'blind up'

The new Apple Plus SciFi series See is about a world in which everyone is blind. Until twins are born sighted and become a reason for tribes to go in to battle.

Blindness consultant Joe Strechay tells Peter White how you teach sighted actors to portray blindness.

Advent For Change, a not-for-profit enterprise, has developed a braille advent calendar. She explains why it doesn’t contain chocolate.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat

Textbook tangles and accessible elections

Earlier this year a high court judge decided that the rule which sets out the requirements for a tactile voting device to be available at every polling station is itself unlawful, because it does not allow blind or partially sighted people to vote "without the need for assistance". And this isn't the only concern about our right to a secret and accessible vote. So what changes can we expect before and during polling on the 12th of December? The Electoral Commission has already set out its proposals for improving matters and Ailsa Irvine the commission's Director of electoral administration and guidance, explains what this means for the upcoming election.

Visually-impaired students are struggling to get textbooks in electronic formats they can access. We ask where the fault lies: with the textbook publishers or with the platforms from which the books are downloaded. Or, is it a bit of both?

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lee Kumutat

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