Of the people in the UK who are registered as blind or partially sighted, 93 per cent can see something. But when people see a blind or partially sighted person with a cane or a guide dog, they assume that they can’t see anything which is often not the case.
RNIB is urging all NHS organisations and local authority social services to provide accessible information to blind and partially sighted people. The call comes as NHS England’s new accessible information standard comes into full effect on Sunday 31 July 2016.
Nearly half of people with sight loss in England are not being assessed for vision rehabilitation support by their local authorities. This is the conclusion of RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) new report See, Plan and Provide, which is based on an exclusive survey of local authorities in England.