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  • 05 Apr 2022 16:36 | RWPN Admin (Administrator)

    After many years of wishing it, wanting it, and working for it the RWPN Register of Vision Rehabilitation and Habilitation Professionals is now officially accredited by the Professional Standards Authority!

    You can read the press release from the Professional Standards Authority on their website here

  • 24 Feb 2022 19:33 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    IT survey feedback report.docx   Teaching blind and partially sighed people how to make the most of their phones and tablets is part of the job, but not everyone is as confident around tech developments.  This survey igave an incite into members' views.

  • 02 Feb 2022 19:21 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    All Orientation and Mobility specialists should familiarise themselves with the January 2022 changes to the Highway Code.  Below is the guidance issued to its Orientation and Mobility Specialists by Guide Dogs.  We endorse this advice. 

    “Whilst we welcome the greater emphasis on the safety of vulnerable road users and pedestrians, there is not yet widespread public awareness of these changes. As a result of this, our current recommendation is that guide dog owners and cane users do not change their behaviour when crossing the road.  They should take control of the situation and only cross when they feel it is safe to do so.  In many cases it will remain the safest option not to proceed in front of vehicles at junctions, including those that are giving way to them


    In summary the recommendation is that guide dog owners and cane users do not change their behaviour when crossing the road.  They should take control of the situation and only cross when they feel it is safe to do so.  The changes  to the hierarchy does not remove the need for everyone to maintain a level of responsibly to monitor and maintain their own safety. 


    So, our advice to people with sight loss is to take control of the situation and be clear to the motorist about their intention – waving the car on or stepping away from the kerb edge are clear signals that they are not prepared to proceed.  It is often safer for people with a vision impairment to ‘indent’ further into a side road before deciding to cross.  However, each person and situation are unique, and thus it is only possible to offer general guidance and advice”


  • 29 Jan 2022 14:37 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    We are pleased to report that the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has accepted RWPN's application to join their  Employer Directory.  This allows us to have formal input into the external quality process for the vision rehabilitation apprenticeship standard, to ensure it meets the needs of employers and meets our professional standards.

  • 10 Jan 2022 15:00 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    In autumn and winter of 2021 we sought the views of registered professionals about their attitudes towards teaching Braille and teaching accessibility features of phones and tablets.  Read the results here.

    Braille survey feedback of results.docx

    IT survey feedback report.docx

  • 29 Sep 2021 09:38 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    RWPN is part of the Community Rehab Alliance, campaigning for better resources, higher priority and higher profile for rehabilitation in health and social care.   Read the conference messages here:    CRA party conference messages - final (1).pdf

  • 19 Sep 2021 13:17 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    We are pleased to launch "Physical Activity and Vision Rehabilitation - A Guide for Vision Rehabilitation Workers Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted Adults Through Physical Activity".   This project has evolved out of some great partnership work with Visionary, Metro Blind Sports, British Blind Sports and RWPN.   Rehab FINAL PDF.PDF  (A rich text version is also available to members within our members' section).

  • 01 Jun 2021 18:03 | Simon Labbett (Administrator)

    Read RNIB CEO, Matt Stringer's letter to Michelle Dyson setting out the case for NICE best practice guidelines for vision rehabilitation and for better collection of data about rehab outcomes for clients.

    210517 CSA meeting - letter to Michelle Dyson letterhead.docx

Press Release: Second Sight  - Argus II Bionic Eye

Second Sight Argus press release.docx

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