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Thursday 21 June 2012

How local authorities can work with blind and partially sighted people to build a better future.

This report, based on a major programme of RNIB research carried out by the independent public interest company OPM, shows that:

  • Blind and partially sighted people are a diverse group of people with different  experiences and needs. They have just as much to give to a local area as active  citizens, as they might legitimately expect to receive in terms of support.
  • In many cases, apparently modest help – from councils and from local voluntary and  community groups – is nevertheless absolutely crucial. Accessible information, the  ability to enjoy leisure and social activities combine with key preventative and rehabilitative services to enable blind and partially sighted people to live  independent, connected and purposeful lives.
  • These things are not luxuries, and they usually don’t cost much. Yet if withdrawn, the impact on blind and partially sighted people can be dramatic: tipping lives into a spiral ending in isolation, ill health and despondency. Sadly, there are plenty of cases of this happening already.