A watch or a piece of art?

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A watch designed for people with visual impairments is up for Design of the Year at London’s Design Museum.

It is called the Bradley Timepiece, after a Paralympian gold medallist who lost his sight in Afghanistan, and was designed by Hyungsoo Kim, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The watch has a plain circular titanium face. There are no hands or numbers. Instead a ball-bearing rotates around a groove in the centre to mark the minutes, while round the edge of the watch another ball bearing rotates to tell the hours. It is a thing of beauty and will be available for sale from May in the US, with the UK and Europe likely to follow later.

You can read more about the watch and how it came to be invented on the BBC website here 

Mud Rush - have you signed up yet?

Mud Rush is our brand new fundraising event, taking place on Sunday 18th May at Scottish Assault Courses in Ayrshire (just off the M77 near Fenwick).

We are inviting you to take on Scotland’s biggest obstacle course and run, jog, climb and crawl around a route designed to suit all fitness levels – whether you are an assault course athlete, a weekend mud warrior or just looking for a fun activity.

Everyone completes the same course and obstacles can be tackled at your own pace, or missed out completely if they are too extreme for you. There is only one thing you cannot avoid – getting very wet and very muddy! So a change of clothes and an ability to laugh in the face of mud are essential.

You can enter as an individual or a team of up to 10 people and the minimum age is 16. 

Entry fee is £10 per person plus a pledge from each person to raise at least £30 for Visibility. You can sign up online here  or call us on 0141 332 4632 and sign up over the phone. 

You are welcome to enter if you have a visual impairment as long as you bring your own guide with you to accompany you around the course. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get signed up today and join in the fun! 

Robert’s marathon fundraising effort continues!

Visibility’s very own King of Fundraising, Robert Bruce, continued his marathon effort to raise money by taking part in the Lochaber marathon – just three weeks after a gruelling D33 Ultra Marathon!

We caught up with Robert to find out how it went – here’s his story:

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“I had decided that after my D33 Ultra, I would enter Lochaber Marathon three weeks later.

“The day duly arrived and I decided that I wasn’t going to race the marathon, but simply enjoy it.  I travelled down to FortWilliam on the morning and as I left Lossiemouth, it was a lovely day.  However the closer I got to FortWilliam, the darker and darker the skies became and sure enough, just before the race started, it began pouring with rain!

“We had all sorts of rain during this marathon:  heavy rain; light rain; drizzly rain; and sideways rain when the wind picked up!  But once you are wet, you are wet.

“This course is on road and is an out and back - you reach a cone, turn round and go back the way you came.  There were around 320 finishers, with quite a few runners dropping out.  I had planned to finish in between 4 hours and 4 hours 30 and in fact I finished in 4 hours 15 mins, so pretty much as I had planned it.

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“So far for Visibility I have ran Nairn 10km, D33 Ultra, Elgin 10km and Lochaber marathon – a grand total of 71.6 miles ran for charity so far (and that’s excluding the many hundreds of miles in training and preparation).

“This weekend I’m planning on running the Glenlivet 10km.  Hopefully the money I’m raising can benefit Visibility in some small way.”

Thank you Robert, we can assure you every penny will go a long way to helping in a big way!  To sponsor Robert, checkout his Just Giving page here.

You can keep up to date with Robert’s latest training and fundraising exploits by following him on Twitter @RobertBruce737

For all the latest news and views on sight and hearing loss from around the globe, follow @WeAreVisibility

Learning to use digital technology - can be so much fun!

Our new group of learners met last Thursday, for the first day of their beginners course on using ipads with apple’s built in voice-over software.  There were plenty of smiles around as the learners paired up with volunteers Ian and Andrew and trainer Jamie to listen to the speech software as it spoke the names of  the apps they will learn to use over the coming weeks.  Mobile digital technology really does bring a new world to the fingertips of blind and partially sighted users and the two courses we have running at present in our Glasgow offices have proved immensely popular. image

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 This spring/summer  more courses will run in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. Wherever you are in the west of Scotland and whatever your level of experience with digital technology, please get in touch, so that we can plan the course schedule for the rest of the year  to meet the demand.

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Contact Sarah on 0141 332 4632 or email technology@visibility.org.uk

BMobile Commonwealth Games Extravaganza

Visibility’s BMobile project is organising a unique action packed day welcoming the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow. The arrival of this international celebration of sport is a unique opportunity for Visibility to show support for the host city and celebrate our BMobile participant’s mobility achievements.image

The day will be held on Saturday 14th June and aims to enhance participants existing mobility skills whilst giving the opportunity to improve sporting abilities, meet new friends and have an all round good time! This will be a day of stamina, sweat and hard work, but lots of fun.

The day will encourage team work and participants will be allocated to an international team. Each sporting challenge will be linked to specific mobility skills and achievements will be rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. BMobile participants are you ready? Steady? GO!

To find out more phone Laura, Jamie or Sharon on 0141 332 4632.

Cooking with Rae - Perfect Pizza Dough

Next time you feel like a pizza, why not rustle up this delicious recipe from our resident chef Rae:

  • 375g/13oz  type 00 flour or strong white bread flour
  • 25g/1oz fresh yeast or 12g dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 250ml (1 cup) luke warm water

 Pizza Dough.

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl; keep the salt and the yeast at opposite sides at this stage.  Make a well in the middle and add the oil and water to this. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients together either by hand, or use an electric mixer. Once its combined into a soft dough knead for about 10 minutes, either on a lightly oiled surface or a lightly floured surface to stop it sticking too much.  Be careful not to add to much flour or the dough will become too dry.  The dough is ready when it is soft and springy and elastic.Lightly grease a large bowl, place the dough in and cover with clingfilm. 
  3. Leave until its at least doubled in size, this will take between 1 and 2 hours. 
  4. Knock the dough back, bursting all the air bubbles.  Then knead lightly for a few minutes to bring it back to a soft silky feeling dough.  Cover and leave to rest for a short time while you prepare the toppings. 

The toppings are entirely up to you.  I’ve taken the shortcut with this pizza of using up some left over shop bought fresh tomato based pasta sauce as the base.  Its then topped with thinly sliced peppers, onion and cooked chicken and sliced mozzarella all topped with a pinch of dried Italian mixed herbs.

Bake on a tray in the oven for 15-20 minutes. With the oven up full.  The dough will rise slightly and the cheese should be sizzling hot.