Category Archives: deaf/blind

Gruenenthal’s thalidomide apology ‘insulting’

The company which invented thalidomide has “insulted” those affected by the drug by issuing an “insincere” apology, campaigners have said.

The drug, sold in the 1950s as a cure for morning sickness, was linked to birth defects and withdrawn in 1961.

German-based Gruenenthal has issued its first apology in 50 years, but said the drug’s possible side-effects “could not be detected” before it was marketed.

But the UK’s Thalidomide Trust said any apology should also admit wrongdoing.

Nick Dobrik, a member of the trust’s national advisory council, said it “should be an unreserved apology, not a conditional apology”.

New group for visually impaired in Plymouth

Low vision group to deal specifically with issues relating to people with sight loss.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

PLYMOUTH City Council has set up a separate low vision group to deal specifically with issues relating to people with sight loss.

The group has deliberately been kept separate to ensure that visual impairment issues do not get lost in wider disability-related issues.

Plymouth’s highlights:

As soon as a person is diagnosed staff at the Royal Eye Infirmary send over the paperwork to the council.

Blind people are ‘living in fear of welfare reforms’

Welfare reform threatens to steal their independence and dignity, David Miliband was told

The South Shields MP was at a summit in his constituency listening to the concerns of those who say the benefits cuts have left them at crisis point.

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