All local councils in England provide a specific service called vision rehabilitation which offers crucial training and advice to people with sight loss.
We’re extremely concerned that many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive vital vision rehabilitation support. Our latest report, See, Plan and Provide offers a stark picture of inadequate access to assessments and support for vision rehabilitation.
It’s found that many are not getting the right support, at the right time, to help them live independently at home.
We’re calling on all local authorities to see, plan and provide:
See: everyone with a visual impairment must receive a specialist face to face assessment.
Plan: everyone must have a plan in place, identifying the outcome of their assessment. The first two steps must take place within 28 days of first contact with the local authority.
Provide: any agreed vision rehabilitation support must start within 12 weeks of the person’s initial contact with the local authority.
Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that blind and partially sighted people receive tailored vision rehabilitation support. We’ve produced a range of materials, tools and resources to help you take action and improve services in your local area:
We're campaigning to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and social care services as well as ensuring that blind and partially sighted people's needs are met by the Care Act.