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Colin Low - Lord Low of Dalston, CBE Print

Colin Low

Colin Low - Lord Low of Dalston, CBE

Colin is President of the European Blind Union (EBU) and has held the position of Chair of RNIB since 2000.  Born in Edinburgh in 1942 and totally blind since the age of three, he was educated at Worcester College for the Blind, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

He taught Law and criminology for 16 years at Leeds University, from 1968-1984, before moving to London as Director of the Disability Resource Team, an organisation providing advice and services on disability.  He then went on to become senior research fellow at City University, researching theories of disability; a post he retired from in 2000.

In May 2006 Colin was appointed to the House of Lords as one of the seven new non-party-political peers.  He was recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission for his work as Chairman of RNIB, President of the European Blind Union and as a long-time campaigner for disability rights.

Colin has also undertaken important roles in a wide range of organisations concerned with blindness and disability, including the National Federation of the Blind, the Disability Alliance, the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment and SKILL (National Bureau for Students with Disabilities).

Colin had been previously honoured to receive a CBE for services to RNIB and disabled peoples' rights in January 2000. Colin is married to Jill and has two children, Peter and Philippa.  His leisure interests include music, current affairs and an appreciation of fine wines.