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Useful telephone numbers and links

Please find below a list of telephone numbers and links to useful websites.

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Local support helplines

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, Sarah Short 07771 624195
Berkshire Sensory Consortium. Children 01628 796786
Bracknell Adult Services 01344 351500
Reading Intermediate Care Team 0118 937 6131
Slough Social Care 01753 475111
West Berkshire 0118 930 2777
Windsor and Maidenhead 01628 683744
Wokingham Optalis Team 0118 974 6896

Hotlines and helplines

Benefits Hotline 0800 882 200
BT Inclusions Team 0800 919 591
Independent Living Advice Line 0300 555 1525
DWP Pension Line 08457 313 233
Healthwatch 01344 266911
NHS Non Emergency advice 111
Ricability 0207 427 2460
RNIB Helpline 0303 123 9999
TV Licensing 0844 800 5875

Support organisations and information

Action for Blind People 0207 635 4800
Age UK 0800 169 6565
Blind Children UK 0800 781 1444
Deafblind UK. Telephone and textphone 01733 358 100
Diabetes UK 0845 1202 960
Guide Dogs 0118 983 5555
International Glaucoma Association 01233 648170
Macular Society 0300 3030 111
Parent Partnership 0118 908 8233
Reading Association for the Blind 0118 957 2960
Royal Society for Blind Children 020 3198 0225
Wokingham Information Network 0118 974 6772

Reading and audio

Big Print 0303 1239999
Calibre Audio Library 01296 432339
National Talking Newspaper Service 01435 866 102
Slough Talking Newspaper 01753 527035
Bracknell Talking Newspaper 01344 304567
Maidenhead Talking Newspaper 01628 623263
Windsor Talking Newspaper 01753 861624
Reading Talking Newspaper 0118 958 2056
RNIB Talking Books 0303 1239999
RNIB Products and Publications 0303 1239999


Below is a list of web sites with a variety of useful information and contact details for the visually impaired. New links welcome. Berkshire Vision is not responsible for the content of external internet websites.

Ableize is the biggest UK and Ireland resource of disability mobility and special needs information. It covers products and services, sports and holidays and houses the largest collection of disabled clubs, groups and charities throughout the UK. Ableize is run and maintained by disabled people.

Action for Blind People
Working towards the day when visual impairment is no longer a handicap. Information on living with blindness and details of ABP’s Information Service. (Part of RNIB Group)

Berkshire Sensory Consortium
Specialist education support service for hearing impairment, visual impairment and multi-sensory impairment. They support, extend and enhance the educational opportunities and achievements of children and young people from 0 – 19 years with a hearing and/or visual impairment from diagnosis to entry into the workplace.

Big Print Newspaper
A national weekly newspaper in large print covering national and international news, and leisure reading for those with sight problems.

British Blind Sport
Since its beginnings as a registered charity in 1976, British Blind Sport has become the leading voice for visually impaired people (VI) in the world of sport and leisure, both at home and internationally. The work of the charity enables visually impaired people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

British Computer Association of the Blind
Aims to promote the special needs and interests of visually impaired people who either work in the computing field or have an active interest in computing.

Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

ClearVision Project
A nationwide lending library of braille/print children’s books.

Blind Children UK
Information and support for parents of visually impaired children and young people (Now part of Guide Dogs Group).

Deafblindness Web Resource
An excellent resource about deafblindness.

Disability Rights UK
Alphabetical list of benefits and other help.

Esme’s Umbrella
Campaign Group for everyone working towards a greater awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

Guide Dogs
Breeding and training guide dogs, training visually impaired people to use guide dogs, and providing other services and facilities for the visually impaired.

Independant Eyes
A new online community for visually impaired people offering accessible news, information, reviews and open forums.

Living Paintings
A free, postal library service bringing pictures to life for blind and partially sighted people of all ages, from children’s books with braille and feely pictures and audio description, to  albums of raised images with audio description on a wide range of topics.

Macular Society
UK charity dedicated to helping people with macular degeneration.

National Library for the Blind
Free library service for visually impaired readers who want books in accessible formats.

Reading Association for the Blind

Royal National College for the Blind
College for people who are blind or partially sighted, based on a large residential campus where students prepare for a wide range of nationally recognised academic and vocational qualifications.

Royal National Institute for the Blind
RNIB is one of the UK’s biggest and most diverse charities. It provides over 60 different services for over 2 million people with serious sight problems throughout the country.

National charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind.

Society of Visually-Impaired Lawyers
Promoting the interests of blind and partially sighted lawyers in the UK.

Disability Sports Club in Maidenhead, Berkshire

Talking Newspaper Association of the UK
Records over 185 national newspapers and magazines for visually impaired and disabled people.

Torch Trust for the Blind
Publishes Christian material in braille, large print, on tape and in moon in many languages for use by blind and partially sighted people.

Wokingham Borough Council
Council support and help for children and young people with additional needs

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