New Housing Guide for People with Sight Loss

Post date: 
Thursday, 13 July 2017
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The Housing guide for people with sight loss is designed to help young adults move house and live independently. It brings together information from across the web into one easy-to-access location.

The guide has been produced by Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) and was launched earlier this month. It is not only full of helpful information, but also contains the insights of blind and partially sighted people that can help others who are looking for a new home, seeking to live independently for the first time or experiencing problems in their current accommodation.

Read the guide

Other topics include:

  • a checklist of important factors to consider when moving
  • tips on university student housing and living in shared accommodation
  • information about living independently and signposting to the support available
  • advice about legal rights
  • emergency and essential contact details.

The guide, funded by TPT, was written in response to an earlier study looking into the availability of housing advice for younger adults with sight loss. The research found that while there were many resources available online, these were spread far and wide and there was a distinct lack of peer advice.

 

Dr Lynn Watson, Head of Research at Thomas Pocklington Trust, commented: “We wanted to develop a tool that would enable younger adults with sight loss to find information themselves and empower them to live independently when looking to change their living circumstances.”

The guide was co-produced with people with sight loss and shares personal experiences of people with visual impairments. You can hear podcasts from guide dog owners who have moved home, learn from students about how they settled into halls and find out about different people’s house-hunting experiences.

If you support a young person with sight loss who is thinking about moving out for the first time or going to university, please refer them to the Housing guide for people with sight loss.

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