Local information on Specialist Shoe Suppliers
For useful advice on choosing footwear for problems like swollen feet, arthritis, diabetes, odd sized feet or cold feet visit fifedirect.org.uk. There is also lots of information on foot care available on the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists web site ‘feet for life’ (visit www.feetforlife.org). Mobility shops in Fife stock a range of footwear to suit people with problems like oedema, corns and bunions and very wide feet for example. You can also find out more by contacting Fairprice Mobility on 01592 652244. If you have a problem with your feet that you cannot address with self-help you can contact your doctor for medical advice.
Local Information: Registering a visual impairment
If you have a substantial and permanent vision loss in both eyes you may wish to register as blind or partially sighted. Registration simply means having your name added to a confidential list of people who have a permanent sight loss. Keeping this register allows Fife County Council to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment and it is also required for certain financial benefits and consensus. Registration is entirely voluntary. Your Eye Consultant will say if you are medically eligible and then certify using form CVI that you are registrable as blind or partially sighted. You decide if you wish to register, you may be referred to the hospital from your GP or optometrist. For further information contact Fife Society for the Blind at Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, 13 Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5EF on 01592 64497 or email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Information - Benefits for the visually impaired
Fife Society for the Blind offers support to all residents of Fife with a visual impairment. They can provide information about the benefits of registering as blind or partially sighted. For further information visit www.fifesociety.com or contact them by phone on 01592 644979 or by post to Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, 13 Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5EF . Alternatively for information about the benefits available to those with a registered visual impairment contact your local Citiezens Advice Bureau: 0345 1400 092. The RNIB also offer a Talk and Support service available from Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5.30pm, and to find out more about registering as severely or partially sight please call The RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or email: email@example.com.
Local Information: Services or organisations that provide special magnifiers
Fife Society for the Blind offers support to all residents of Fife with a visual impairment. Referrals often come from eye clinics but their services are available to all residents and their families and friends. Their mission is to improve the lives of all blind and partially sighted people living in Fife Your G.P. can refer you to a Consultant Ophthalmologist who can offer an appointment at the low vision clinic if this is needed. At the clinic you can get advice and equipment like a magnifier to help with reading small print for example. A Fife Rehabilitation Officer can advise on how to make the best use of remaining vision using lighting, magnification and colour contrast. If you would prefer to make your own arrangements you can contact Fife Sensory Impairment Centre and arrange an appointment. They do not sell or provide equipment but you can try out magnifiers and other equipment. Fife Sensory Impairment Centre can also supply information about local and national suppliers of the equipment. Contact Fife Society for the Blind at Fife Sensory Impairment Centre, 13 Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5EF or on 01592 644979or visit their webiste at www.fifesociety.com.
Local Information - Independent Sources for Help and Advice
For specialist demonstration centres for disability equipment offering free and impartial advice and an opportunity to try the equipment for yourself Scot Mobility UK Ltd, Fairprice Mobility and Allardyce Healthcare Ltd are all local suppliers. If you would like advice or would like to try equipment before you purchase : Scot Mobility UK Ltd are located at Unit 8, Dewar House, Enterprise Way, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 8PY please call 01383 739287 or visit their webiste www.scotmobility.co.uk. They are open Mon-Fri 9.30-5.00 Sat 9.30-4.00. Fariprice Mobility Tel: 01592 652244 or visit www.fairpricemobilityltd.co.uk and Allardyce Healhcare Ltd are located at Unit 12, Tom Johnston Road, West Pitkerro Industrial Estate, Dundee, DD4 8XD and are contactable by Tel: 01382 773600, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.allardycehealthcare.co.uk They are open Mon-Fri 8.30-5.00 and Sat 9.00am -12.00pm.
Mobility and a sight impairment
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered by Fife Society for the Blind. Fife Society for the Blind will offer training on travelling independently and the use of appropriate mobility aids. In addition they help with sighted guide techniques and confidence building. Fife Society for the Blind can be contacted on 01592 644 979, email@example.com ,Fife Society for the Blind, Sensory Impairment Centre, 13 Wilson Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5EF.
Local Information - Rehabilitation Training for the Visually Impaired
If you have a permanent and severe sight impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses and are having difficulty in walking around safely and/or using public transport etc. you may benefit from the services offered by Fife Society for the Blind. This service aims to identify practical problems that the person may be having, determine a Rehab Training Programme, discuss any concerns that the person and/or their family/carer may have, make referrals to other agencies for services and offer advice and information. This service can also offer Mobility Training, so that you can learn how to use a white cane or other techniques to assist you to get around safely. An appointment can be made by calling Fife Society for the Blind on 01592 644979.
Local Information: Large print books
A range of large print books is available at all of the Fife Libraries. There are library branches as follows: , Abbeyview Library, 38 Abbey View, Dunfermline, KY11 4HA, Tel: 03451 55 55 55. Mobile Library and Home Library Services are also available. The mobile library service aims to bring the library to you, these have disabled access and carry a range of books to suit all age groups.
Talking Book Service
There are books on tape available to all registered blind and partially sighted people in Fife. Information about the service is available in large print, Braille and audio cassette from: www.fifedirect.org.uk.
Talking Newspaper Service
"The Dunfermline Sound Talking Newspaper brings any visually impaired person in the Borough a weekly digest of local news and information on an MP3 CD. The newspaper is totally free to recipients as it is produced by volunteers, listeners simply reverse the address label and post it back free of charge for the next edition. Contact Dunfermline Sound on their 24 hour answering machine 01383 740820, online at www.dunfermlinesound.org.uk or by post at Dunfermline Sound