Research underway into the experiences of blind and partially sighted people

New research looking into the experiences of blind and partially sighted people has been launched

We are conducting some new research into the experiences and opinions of blind and partially sighted people in the UK. This study will provide important evidence to help all organisations supporting blind and partially sighted people to develop strategies, plan services, influence policymakers and help prove the need for specialist services.

As part of this project, we will be interviewing over 1,000 registered blind and partially sighted adults. We will be talking to enough people to be able to generalise our findings, which means the results will be indicative of the situation of the 350,000 registered blind and partially sighted adults as a whole, and not just those who take part in the study. We are also going to be talking to an additional number of blind and partially sighted people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so that we can present findings for each country.

The study is longitudinal, and with permission we will keep in touch with participants until 2018 to help us understand how the circumstances change over time.

The last large-scale survey of registered blind and partially sighted people was Network 1000, which was conducted in 2005/06. Since then there have been a number of political, social and economic changes that will have impacted on people with sight loss. This research will help us understand the impact of things like the global recession, welfare reform and mobile technologies.

The first report will be published in April 2015. Through 2015 there will be a number of other reports and a tabulation tool to promote the use of the survey data. The best way to keep up to date with any publications is to sign up to get email notifications. Email research@rnib.org.uk with subject line ‘subscribe’.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact the research team at research@rnib.org.uk.

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