Our monthly newsletter is available in audio format as The SCOVI Podcast

August 2018

In this edition we discuss a new SCOVI project, developing a truly inclusive lifestyle and culture magazine for Scotland: Footnote Magazine.

We also discuss what's on the agenda for the upcoming Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment, and we have a round up of events across Scotland and dates for your diary.


July 2018

In this edition we discuss the upcoming SCOVI Members' Forum; the Visionary Awards and Conference and accessible Fringe shows.

We also take a trip to St Andrews to find out more about the Fife Society for the Blind's Technology Days.

And we have a round up of events across Scotland and dates for your diary.


June 2018

In this edition we discuss the joint report from Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded, Social Connections and Sight Loss, which details the links between vision impairment and social isolation.

We also join Julian Jackson on the Big Blind Walk, covering 2.5million steps across the UK to raise awareness of the need for more comprehensive eye research.

And we have a round up of events across Scotland and dates for your diary.


May 2018

In this edition we discuss Edinburgh Council's decision to ban A-boards from the capital's streets. We also have news about upcoming events across the vision sector; a look back at May's Cross Party Group on Vision Impairment; and, a recap of the SCOVI Members' Forum.


April 2018

In this edition we discuss the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, looking at the amendments passed to enshrine accessibility in the legislation and the benefits which will now be administered by the Scottish Government.

We also take a trip to the Guide Dogs Training Facility in Forfar, and meet some of the amazing dogs and their trainers on our tour of the facility.


March 2018

In this edition we discuss the Rehabilitation Workers’ Professional Network conference; exciting developments in the treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD); the new registration process for people over the age of 16 with vision impairments in Scotland; dates for your diary from around the vision impairment sector; and, much more.

We also have a special feature on short tennis at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre. The SCOVI team took a trip to the centre to find out more about the classes, and had a go themselves wearing a variety of glasses designed to simulate vision impairments.


February 2018

In this edition we discuss the SCOVI Members' Forum with a focus on education and the attainment gap; dates for your diary from around the vision impairment sector; and, much more.

We also have a special feature on preparing for public speaking, we speak to friends of SCOVI Ken Reid and Jacq Kelly about different methods that can be used by those with visual impairments, and the potential obstacles than many may face.


January 2018

In this edition we discuss the SCOVI conference report; our upcoming February members' forum; the new GDPR regulations and what charities need to do to prepare; the Marrakesh Treat; and, much more.