Our campaign report 'Facing Blindness Alone' reveals between 2005 and 2013, there has been a 43 per cent decline in the number of blind and partially sighted people in England getting even the most basic types of council support - down from 55,875 people to 31,740, nearly 25,000 fewer people.
How local authorities can work with blind and partially sighted people to build a better future. We've worked with the Office for Public Management to produce a report that shows how councils can deliver services that meet their residents' needs by aiming for three simple goals: Delivering a "bedrock" of preventative and rehabilitative services; Working in partnership with and involving blind and partially sighted people in the community; Embedding accessibility through simple steps such as recording residents' preferred communications format. We want to see an end to missed opportunities by councils in the provision of services for blind and partially sighted residents. After all, who wouldn't want a quick win?
'What would you lose from your life, if you lost your sight?' Every week in the UK, hundreds of people who have been able to see begin to lose their sight. Some are children, some are in work and many are retired. This report from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) gives a glimpse into the everyday lives of people who have lost their sight. Their stories reveal the realities of living with sight loss and the frustration and isolation that often follows. Research confirms that the personal experiences shared in this report are also those of many thousands of others. In this report, people speak about the ignorance and misunderstanding of blindness and partial sight by friends, family, professionals and the public at large. They talk about their own feelings of depression and despair. However, despite their inner turmoil, their resilience and determination to get on with their lives shines through.
In 2004 RNIB published research that put the total cost of sight loss at £4.9 billion in 2001-2002. This was a first attempt to demonstrate the direct costs of services provided by Government but also indirect costs, such as independent living support provided by family and friends of blind and partially sighted people. Recognising the importance of a strong and up-to-date evidence-base to support the implementation of the UK Vision Strategy in 2008, RNIB commissioned new research into the costs of eye disease and sight loss. In addition, RNIB has produced a campaign report that explains the key findings in an easily accessible way and includes calls to action based on these findings.
A call for action to address the UK's impending eye health crisis. We are closing our eyes to a simple fact: with the ageing of the population sight loss will become a major public health issue. It is up to us to prevent it from turning into a crisis. We need action now to prevent avoidable and unnecessary sight loss and provide adequate support for those who have lost their sight.
This report describes the findings of a survey of low vision service providers and primary care organisations in the UK conducted in 2004/5 on behalf of AMD Alliance UK and RNIB. The results show that efforts to improve services need to continue, particularly in relation to the level of funding, the degree of multi-disciplinary working, channels used to raise awareness of existing services to the general public and the quality of services. The survey provides a wealth of information that is being discussed in detail in the body of the report.