RNIB launches #HowISee short film to dispel misconceptions around sight loss
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
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.
To help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions associated with sight loss, RNIB has produced a short film which features five blind and partially sighted people talking about what they can see and sharing their stories and experiences.
RNIB’s #HowISee film features the story of Marc Powell, 26, who is registered blind and represented Team GB in the London 2012 Paralympics. He said: “I have what I would call an invisible disability. In the past, when I have asked for help, many people look at me and assume I am being lazy.
“I regularly ask members of staff at the train station for help reading the departure boards. All too often, they just tell me to look at the board and point to it. When I explain that I am visually impaired, they usually become very embarrassed, which is uncomfortable for them and for me.
“I believe that this is due to a lack of understanding of sight loss amongst the general public, and hope that RNIB’s #HowISee film will help address this.”