Update on inclusive society 2013

Title: Update on inclusive society 2013

Author: John Slade, RNIB, Publisher: RNIB, Year of publication: 2013

Background

This report provides an update on the experiences of blind and partially sighted people in relation to travel, shopping, money, technology, reading and television in 2013. It is based on the findings from interviews with 201 blind and partially sighted people who were in contact with RNIB through our services. A range of questions were asked, particularly around the issues of independence, assistance and barriers. 

Key findings   

  • 61 per cent of respondents needed help to get out of house.    
  • 82 per cent of respondents needed help to do their shopping.    
  • 50 per cent of respondents needed help to manage their money.    
  • 74 per cent of respondents aged 18-64 used a computer, compared to 43 per cent of respondents aged 65 and over.    
  • 85 per cent of respondents aged 18-64 used a mobile phone, compared to 67 per cent of respondents aged 65 and over.    
  • 89 per cent of respondents said that they read books.    
  • 54 per cent of respondents said that they had watched a television programme using audio description (AD).    
  • Variables such as age, level of sight loss and length of time living with sight loss were often factors in influencing respondents' level of inclusion.    
  • Respondents identified that full access and inclusion would to varying degrees would help them to be less socially isolated, more independent, happier about life and feel better about their sight loss.