Have your say in the Government’s new disability strategy

Post date: 
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
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You can now have your say in the Cabinet Office’s new disability strategy through a consultation survey. 

We have teamed up with the Cabinet Office to ensure the consultation is as accessible as possible.

What the survey is about

The Government Disability Unit launched the survey earlier this month, calling for people with disabilities to share their lived experiences to inform the National Disability Strategy. According to the Government, any views shared before 13 February will shape the content of the strategy. Views expressed after that date will inform its implementation.

We have been working with the Disability Charities Consortium to share the key issues we want to see addressed in the strategy, including improved requirements for accessibility for manufacturers, better data to understand disabled people’s experiences, accessible transport and streets, proper support to enable people to live independently – like vision rehabilitation, and improved employment support, among others.

Ensuring accessibility

Sarah Lambert, Head of Social Change at RNIB, said:

It is of the upmost importance that the lived experience of blind and partially sighted people plays a key part in informing and shaping the disability strategy so we’re pleased to have worked with the Cabinet Office to make the survey accessible.

The survey will be available in a range of formats - in line with Equality Act regulations - including audio, to assist people with sight loss in sharing their experiences with confidence.

The survey will be hosted on the engagement platform Citizen Space and will be fully accessible, with BSL, Easy Read and audio versions linked. You can also request other formats such as braille by emailing [email protected].

On the survey’s web page, you’ll find guidance and essential notes on completing it using screen readers and other assistive technology. You can alternatively email your responses directly to the disability unit.

Sarah Lambert further reinforced the importance of these considerations: “The Equality Act and new regulations on web accessibility are clear that this type of Government survey should be in a format that is accessible to blind and partially sighted people. Through collaborating with the Cabinet Office, the survey will be available in accessible formats, including audio, to assist people with sight loss in sharing their experiences with confidence.”

On the consultation website, we’ve highlighted that anyone with sight loss who is having difficulty filling out the survey or requires any assistance can contact us directly for advice or support at [email protected]. We can fill out the survey with you over the phone, support you in accessing the format you require, or answer any questions.

We’ve been hosting focus groups and we’ll be calling a section of RNIB service users to invite them to take the survey to make sure blind and partially sighted people’s views are taken into account.