Bournemouth council chief spends a “day in the life” of colleague with sight loss

Post date: 
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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The Chief Executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, Tony Williams, was challenged by a colleague with sight loss to spend a day in her shoes by wearing sim specs on 23 July.

Penny Harbard, Bournemouth Council’s Occupational Therapy Assistant is partially sighted and is accompanied at work by her guide dog Marina and a support worker.

Tony Williams said: “I arrived at the office at my normal time but once I put the Sim Specs on, I soon realised the immense practical difficulties just doing simple tasks – from reading reports and replying to emails to following discussions.  I realised how committed and determined you’d need to be to work under such stressful and limiting conditions.”

 “I will be discussing with the Executive Team how the organisation can learn from the day and how we can improve conditions for partially sighted employees and residents. I’d like to thank Penny for raising this issue and for her commitment to delivering services to vulnerable adults.”