RNIB publishes manifesto for the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections 2022
RNIB publishes a manifesto for the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections 2022 so policy-makers can support blind and partially sighted people in society.
Our manifesto sets out practical steps for local political representatives, the NI Assembly and public bodies to take so that blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland can be supported.
There are approximately 56,400 blind and partially sighted people in Northern Ireland. By 2030, we estimate that there will be a 24 per cent increase in the number of people living with sight loss.
We therefore, urge policymakers to work alongside the blind and partially sighted communities, partners and stakeholders to place issues affecting people with sight loss at the centre of public policy planning.
Our manifesto highlights the barriers faced by those living with sight loss and asks that policy makers address the following:
- Sight loss prevention and early intervention. We need health and social care services that prevent avoidable sight loss.
- Accessible health information. We need health information that’s available in alternative formats and the introduction of an Accessible Health Information Standard.
- Accessible voting. The right to cast your vote independently and secretly needs to be protected.
- Accessible public transport. Public transport that’s accessible, reliable, and affordable, for those living in both urban and rural communities.
- A safe public space. Streets and thoroughfares that are designed for everyone and allow pedestrians to walk safely, without obstacles.
- Inclusive education. Education that allows every child to reach their full potential.
- Inclusive employment. Only one in four blind and partially sighted people of working age are in paid employment. We want to change this.