Title: Understanding the needs of blind and partially sighted people: their experiences, perspectives, and expectations.
Author: SSMR at the University of Surrey, Publisher: SSMR, on behalf of RNIB, Year of publication: 2009.
The overall aims of the research were:
- to gain an understanding of the experiences, needs and expectations of blind and partially sighted people
- to explore ways in which they can be supported to lead independent and fulfilling lives; and to investigate how needs change over time. This report presents a summary of information collected through in-depth interviews with people who are blind and partially sighted. Recommendations are also included.
The report presents a wide range of experiences in the participants' own words. A overview of some of the themes explored includes:
- Key life changes, especially the loss of independence.
- Support received by participants, as reported.
- Employment (challenges in obtaining work and receiving adequate support within work).
- Emotional support.
- Information needs (what information, where to obtain it, provision in suitable formats).
- Transport (public services, cost, environment).
- Education (mainstream, specialist, and further education institutions).
- Enablement (making the most of residual sight and encouraging independence).